M:Search

Mobile Search List

Here’s a list of Mobile Search providers to go along with our Advertiser and Social Network lists.

This is a preliminary draft -expect a lot more entries to appear on this list in due course!

A – Full Web

These search sites are the mobile equivalent of Google or Yahoo. They search the full web to get the best response to your query. Type a keyword or phrase into a text-box on the mobile site, and it will display a page with a list of responses. To better adapt to the mobile Internet, quite a number of these sites now pursue an “answers not links” policy. These sites use mobile analytics and user search-history to tailor responses to the individual user.

B – Locater

Location-based search engine that looks in specific geographic areas for what the user has requested. Most often interested in local shops, events and entertainments.

C – Researcher

These search engines are geared towards answering specific questions. If you want to know why the sky is blue, or who did the voice for Principal Skinner in the Simpsons, these mobile sites are for you. Some use “intelligent” search engines to try and locate the best answer. Some search an internal database of information. Others forward your query onto a living researcher, who finds the answer to your question and sends it back to you.

D – Different!

This category covers those search engines which serve such a specific (and often very clever) purpose that they simply don’t fit into any other category

No.

Name

Description

Type

1

4INFO

SMS service http://www.4info.net adds banner ads and links to texts containing user-requested information, like breaking sports scores or social network notification messages.

C

2

abphone

http://m.abphone.com is a keyword-based media browser. It is dedicated to finding images and videos for download to your phone.

A

3

Alien Pants

Specifically operating within the online and mobile gaming community, www.alienpants.com operates GTIP, an SMS-based customer support, hints and cheat service

A

4

Answers

http://mobile.answers.com is the mobile version of www.answers.com. Searches result in a encyclopedia-style entry on the subject matter.

C

5

Any Question Answered

www.aqa.63336.com is an entirely text based service that attempts to answer any question a user might have.

C

6

AOL

http://mobile.aol.com/ – the mobile portal of AOLs search engine

A

7

ASK

http://m.ask.com is the mobile portal of web search engine www.ask.com

A

8

AskMeNow

www.askmenow.com provides answers to whatever questions you might have, through SMS queries, its mobile portal or a downloadable app.

C

9

Boopsie

A downloadable app from www.boopsie.com, it uses predictive text to answer your query before you’re finished typing it.

A

10

Cellsigns

www.cellsigns.com provides a mobile tool for real estate agents and buyers. Location-based queries from buyers get results from all agents signed up to Cellsigns.

B

11

ChaCha

www.chacha.com maintains a panel of experts. ChaCha forwards users texts to the person best qualified to answer the question, and promises answers within minutes

C

12

Concierge

Maintained by Conde Nast, the mobile search site www.concierge.com targets holiday makers. It searches destination brochures, holiday sites, hotels and weather information from around the world.

B

13

DotGo

If you text www.dotgo.com with the domain name of a site, it reads the short code and responds by SMS with the information there. It’s a quick, easy way for domain owners to send information by SMS.

D

14

eTools

http://www.etools.ch/mobile is a Swedish meta-search engine that queries over 10 major search sites.

A

15

Google mobile

Google Search for mobile users, http://m.google.com/, offers advertisers the chance to place ads alongside search results.

A

16

Guanxi

http://www.minfo.com/guanxi/en/ is an SMS based search service, with an optional downloadable client. It is a city-search service for China, providing entertainment and amenities information.

B

17

Hiogi

www.hiogi.com is a community of people connected via Twitter, SMS and the mobile Internet. Users are rewarded for answering and asking questions. http://mobile.hiogi.com is its mobile portal.

C

18

Ixigo

The mobile portal for an Indian travel search site, http://m.ixigo.com provides flight and hotel information.

A

19

JumpTap

Using information collected from its mobile search platform, www.jumptap.com places targeted ads with search results.

A

20

JustDial

www.justdial.com is the web based version of this Indian local search engine. It also offers SMS keyword searches to it’s database.

B

21

Kannuu

www.kannuu.com offers search software that runs on non-computer devices. Its kannuu.device engine is geared towards the mobile Internet, using predictive software to speed searches.

A

22

Live Search Mobile

www.livesearchmobile.com is the mobile portal for Windows Live search engine. It offers location-based searches and full-web search.

A

23

Local

www.local.com provides location-based searches based on two inputs: what you’re looking for and where you’re looking for it. http://mobile.local.com does the same on mobile!

B

24

Maporama

Geared towards companies rather than individuals, www.maporama.com allows users to keep track of sales outlets, clients, suppliers as well as moving sales agents & emergency units.

D

25

MasterCard Nearby

https://wap.mcnearby.com is a location-based service that allows MasterCard customers to locate nearby cash and special merchant offers

B

26

mCore Search

The mobile search engine of www.motricity.com, mCore promises single box search. It covers meta-search, WAP, Web indexes, local search, and portal search.

A

27

mdog

http://mdog.com is a mobiles search only usable by smartphones. It offers the same functions as a full web search engine.

A

28

Medio

www.medio.com runs a mobile search engine which uses mobile analytics to try and provide one-stop search results for users. Its mobile adverts are targeted and placed with the search results.

A

29

Mindshare

www.mindshare.com is a multi-national advertising agency. Its Mindshare Interactive company deals with mobile advertising, and Mindshare Search deals with mobile search

A

30

Mobile Content Networks

http://mcn-inc.com combines vertical search with its Taxonomy Engine to try to provide accurate search results. It also provides the opportunity to place targeted ads with search results. Demo of the search engine can be found here: http://mobilesearch.net/

A

31

Mobile411

This downloadable app from www.v-enable.com allows location-based searches for local entertainment. Phone calles, texts and maps are all available from the app.

B

32

Nokia Mobile Search

Nokia’s website provides the download for this app based search engine, which offers locations based and full web searches

A B

33

Onyomo

http://m.onyomo.com/ provides it’s users with location-based info on amenities from Restaurants and ATMs to Airlines and Chemists.

B

34

Picollator Mobile

www.picollator.com is a search engine that uses pictures instead of text for query input. http://picollator.mobi/ is the mobile version of this search engine.

D A

35

Publicis Groupe

A multi-national marketing corporation, www.publicis.com operates in the search sector through deals with Yahoo, and in mobile advertising with its company PhoneValley (see Advertisers list).

A

36

Searchme

The mobile version of www.searchme.com, http://m.searchme.com allows users to view a picture of the pages in its search result before choosing which one to visit.

A

37

Slifter

www.slifter.com is a location-based service that helps users find products and promotions at local stores

B

38

Technorati mobile

The mobile version of www.technorati.com, http://m.technorati.com/ specifically searches the “live” web, eg. blogs, news updates and other user generated content.

A

39

Texperts

www.texperts.com offers answers to any question by text, and also a detailed map (from www.multipmap.com) in response to queries for directions.

C

40

WPP

www.wpp.com is a multi-national marketing company. It operates in the mobile advertising sector through its company OgilvyOne, and invests in search and advertising companies like JumpTap (see above)

A

41

Yahoo! Mobile

Yahoo! OneSearch is the mobile version of the full web searcher. Yahoo! Mobile Ad Services can also place ads with any of Yahoo’s mobile web services.

A

42

Yulop

A location-based search engine, http://m.yulop.com provides mobile search, navigation and traffic info, and locating friends and family.

A

4 Responses to M:Search

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  2. Grotal says:

    http://www.Grotal.com is one of the leading local search engines in India with traffic of more that 5 million page views in a month. It also offers mobile SMS services.

  3. yodawg says:

    This is not really useful for me, a consumer. I am trying to find mobile SEO’s that search just the MOBILE webpages. regular desktop pages are of no use to my 3G connection…

    are there any out there?

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