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Type of site
Web search engine
Website www.wisenut.com at the Wayback Machine (archived September 27, 2007)
Launched July 2001; 15 years ago (2001-07)
Current status Closed as of September 28, 2007

WiseNut was a crawler-based search engine owned by Looksmart. It debuted as a beta in July 2001 and was officially launched in September 2001. It used its own database, and when it started it was highly regarded by a number of critics[citation needed]. WiseNut introduced a fresh database and relevant hits[citation needed]. Like Teoma, WiseNut automatically clustered search results, a technology called WiseGuide.

Despite its good start, WiseNut never managed to become a major search engine. It lacked boolean search in the standard search and other advanced search features. Unlike other search engines, WiseNut did not cache pages.

Looksmart bought the search engine in April 2002 for $9 million with the aim of introducing a major search engine. The revamp was not successful. Despite delivering good relevancy[citation needed] and having a large database of over 1.5 billion URIs, WiseNut remained a small player.

Wisenut closed for good on 28 September 2007.