Posted April 10, 2006 9:30 am by with 1 comment

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Google has hired Israeli-born Ori Allon, an Australian student who has developed a text-search algorithm called Orion, according to

The advanced text-search algorithm… will make searches much less time-consuming, by working with existing search engines and expanding on their function.

Instead of finding pages on the net that contain keywords, then providing links, the new search engine will provide expanded text extracts which will eradicate the need to open every link.

Orion has sparked interest from the likes of Google and Yahoo, with Google acquiring the rights to the algorithm.

Orion is still 12 to 18 months from being completed – plenty of time for Yahoo, MSN and Ask to build their own version. 😉

  • It seems to me that Orion, will tend to keep people from actually going to a site from the result of a search, and instead keeping the searcher on Google. I prefer to go to the site and check it out in full screen, and I think others may agree with me on this point. Am I wrong?
    Also, if it’s 12 to 18 months off, you’re right about the other search engines having plenty of time to develop a similar product. The question is will the other search engines implement it soon enough, so as not fall further behind Google.