|Former type||Privately held|
|Founded||Dallas, U.S. (2006)|
|Founder(s)||Brandon Cotter, Chris Mancini|
|Defunct||December 28, 2010|
|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Owner(s)||Brandon Cotter and others|
Viewzi was a search engine company based in Dallas, Texas that developed a highly visual experience that tailored the way users look at information based on what they are looking for. The search engine lightened the data overload by filtering and grouping results into several distinct interfaces. Users got over 16 "views" for their search including MP3 view (with a list of streaming audio you can play), album view (cover art and related musicians), plus specialized lenses for images, news, and more.
How It Worked
A project that is said to have been in the works for roughly two years, Viewzi, is a visual search utility - or “platform,” as its engineers prefer to call it - transferred to beta stage in April, 2008. Instead of providing a single list of results in a set form for search requests, as Google does, Viewzi provides different “views” that are tailored to the request being made. The service loads in browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and IE 7 and requires Flash 9.
Viewzi has raised over $2MM in seed funding, and will be looking for its first full venture round in 2008. As of December 28, 2010, Viewzi's website announced that the search engine had not been under development since 2008, and had been closed down.
- Wired, Play List, August, 2008
- ZDNet, Search the web visually with Viewzi, August, 2008
- Phillyist, Foodsday Tuesday: Salivating Over the Computer Screen, July, 2008
- live.pirillo.com, Is This the World’s Best Metasearch Site?, July, 2008
- PCMag/Appscout, Hands On with Viewzi: A Visual Search Engine with Style, July 2008
- CNN.com, How do you search?, July 2008
- ReadWriteWeb, Viewzi Takes Search To Another Level, May 2008
- VentureBeat, Viewzi provides a window to the multi-view future of search, April 2008