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Yippy search.png
Type of site
Metasearch engine
Available inEnglish
OwnerYippy, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Created byCarnegie Mellon University researchers
Launched2004; 17 years ago (2004) (as Clusty)
2010; 11 years ago (2010) (as Yippy)
Current statusActive

Yippy is a metasearch engine that groups search results into clusters.[1][2] It was originally developed and released by Vivísimo in 2004 under the name Clusty, before Vivisimo was later acquired by IBM and Yippy was sold in 2010 to a company now called Yippy, Inc. At the time, the website received 100,000 unique visitors a month.

As of August 2019, Yippy's main page states their searches are powered by IBM Watson, asserting it is "the right search" (italics theirs) that "delivers fair search results based on balanced algorithms."[3]

In August 2019, Yippy CEO Rich Granville announced a "Digital Soldiers Conference" for the following month in Atlanta. The stated purpose was to prepare "patriotic social media warriors" for a coming "digital civil war." The announcement for the event prominently displayed a Q spelled in stars on the blue field of an American flag, and Granville had numerous references to the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon on his Twitter account. Granville denied the Q flag was a QAnon reference, although he acknowledged espousing QAnon views and doubted it is a conspiracy theory.[4] Granville described Yippy as an "intelligence enterprise" with high-level connections to the Trump White House, telling a reporter, "You don’t know who you’re fucking with."[5]


Search results on Yippy, showing the grouped clusters on the left side

Clusty was developed by Vivísimo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Vivísimo was a company built on Web search technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, much like Lycos was a decade earlier. Clusty added new features and a new interface to the previous Vivisimo clustering web metasearch. Different tabs also offer metasearches for news, jobs (in partnership with Indeed.com), U.S. government info and blogs. Customized tabs allow users to select sources for their own metasearch to create personalized tabs.

Yippy Inc., formerly Cinnabar Ventures Inc., acquired Clusty for $5.55 million in May 2010.[6] The acquisition included the license for the Velocity software, which was bought by IBM in 2012 and renamed IBM Watson Explorer.[7]

In 2012, Yippy received "Welcome to the Cloud" as a registered trademark with the USPTO.[8]

Yippy acquired MuseGlobal 6,500 pre-built Smart Connectors fully documented Source Factory that monitors, maintains and updates the Muse Smart Connectors on a 24/7 basis and guarantees high sustainable and scalable use.[9]

In 2016, Yippy released its Yippy Search Appliance (YSA) as a Google Search Appliance (GSA) replacement to market after Google announced it was sunsetting the GSA and capitalize on the $500M revenue from the GSA.[10]

Yippy received "Welcome to your Data" as a registered trademark with the USPTO.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CI Review: Yippy". July 29, 2010.
  2. ^ Inc, AdNabu. "AdNabu - Google Ads Software for E-Commerce". www.adnabu.com.
  3. ^ "yippy - Google Search". www.google.com.
  4. ^ Breland, Ali. "Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos are scheduled to speak at a conference organized by a QAnon supporter".
  5. ^ "Michael Flynn wants a judge to allow him to travel to a conference held by a QAnon fan".
  6. ^ http://www.floridatechnologyjournal.com/sections/gulf-coast/130-news/525-yippy-acquires-metasearch-engine-clustycom-for-55-million
  7. ^ "Yippy growing by leaps, bounds". The News-Press. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Yippy, Inc. (YIPI) Receives Two Trademarks from USPTO". OTC Markets. June 7, 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  9. ^ Myers, Fort (June 19, 2013). "Yippy Licenses MuseGlobal's Muse Content Connector Technology". Yippy Inc. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  10. ^ "The Best Google Search Appliance (GSA) Replacement". Yippy Inc. Retrieved 10 August 2017.

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