blinkx Selected by The Guardian as One of Top 100 Most Useful Sites of the Year
San Francisco, Calif. - December 27, 2006 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced that it has been named one of the Guardian’s 100 most useful sites of 2006. The Guardian’s top 100 is a power list of the best sites on the Web in 20 categories.
The Guardian’s editorial team hand-picked blinkx as one of the cream of the crop search sites of 2006. Each year, with help from its readers, the Guardian selects 100 of the most innovative companies on the Web, which consist of the companies that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in their particular industry.
“We are truly honored to be a part of the Guardian’s list of 100 most useful sites,” said Suranga Chandratillake, co-founder of blinkx. “With the explosion of video content on the Web in 2006, we re-designed blinkx to make the experience of searching and finding video clips easier and more fun. To be recognized as one of the Guardian’s most useful search sites for 2006 is very exciting for us. It shows that we’re doing something that Internet users like.”
Earlier this year, blinkx unveiled a new site that combined the ‘sit back and watch’ element of traditional television with the interactive experience of searching and watching video online, delivering results in an interface designed for sampling and showcasing video footage. blinkx introduced popular features like the customizable Video Wall, which can be embedded on a MySpace page or blog, automatically generated popular content Channels, and a My Playlist feature. blinkx created these new features to give users a fun way to interact with online video, customize their own channels, and have more control in how they explore rich media on the Web.
As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to search new forms of online content such as video. With more than 100 partners and seven million hours of indexed video and audio content, including favorite TV moments, news clips, short documentaries, music videos, video blogs and more, blinkx uses advanced speech recognition technology to deliver results that are more accurate and reliable than standard metadata-based keyword searches. blinkx is advancing the way in which users can benefit from online video by giving them more control and more visual functionality, creating a more TV-like experience.
blinkx is the world’s most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 7,000,000 hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx’s founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and Garage Video on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx’s patented search technologies listen to - and even see - the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world’s most frequented sites. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.
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