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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; 17 years ago (2001-07)
Current status defunct

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. Like Teoma, WiseNut automatically clustered search results, a technology called WiseGuide.[1] Despite a good start, WiseNut never managed to become a major search engine. It lacked boolean search in the standard search and other advanced search features.[1] Unlike other search engines, WiseNut did not cache pages.

Looksmart bought the search engine in April 2002, for $9 million, with the aim of positioning it as a major search engine.[2] The revamp was not successful. Despite having a large database of over 1.5 billion URIs, WiseNut remained a small player.

Wisenut closed for good on September 28, 2007.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Randolph Hock (2007). The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher. ISBN 0910965765.
  2. ^ Jeanne Muller (2003). A Librarian's Guide to the Internet: Searching and Evaluating Information. ISBN 1780631774.