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Free Watson Search Tool Is Now Customizable

Intellext, Inc. (http://www.intellext.com) announced that the new version 2.4 of its free Watson search tool is now fully customizable. This feature was previously only available in Watson Professional, the licensed version of the proactive search tool. In addition to traditional Web search engines, blog search engines, and news and shopping sites, users can now also tap into additional sources including networking sites MySpace and LinkedIn and premium news sites like The Wall Street Journal Online.

The company expects that social networking sites will continue to claim an increasing share of search queries; thus it has adapted Watson to bring the social networking experience to users when they are away from the individual sites. MySpace users can discover and make new connections, as Watson understands what a user is doing online, such as checking out a new band or movie, and finds other MySpace users with similar interests. For LinkedIn users, Watson automatically finds people in the user's LinkedIn network, such as when a user is researching a potential customer, proactively presenting networking opportunities the user might not have thought to seek out. In this way Watson is designed to become a networking tool, not just a search tool, allowing users to collaborate and stay connected.

The company has also introduced add-ons for users to search Friendster, The Wall Street Journal Online, PubMed, and blog search engine Feedster, among others. Users can also learn to add additional sources of their own at http://www.intellext.com/addons.

Watson Professional remains available for users and enterprises who do not wish to see text advertisements and who want priority technical and customer support. The products are otherwise identical. Users and enterprises now have a choice between ad-supported, subscription, and license models.

Source: Intellext, Inc.



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