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Intelliseek Announces the Beta Release of ProFusion.com

Intelliseek, Inc. (http://www.intelliseek.com) has announced the version 2 beta release of its search site ProFusion.com (http://beta.profusion.com). The new ProFusion provides direct access to the "Invisible Web" with the ability to search over 1,000 targeted sources of information that are missed by regular search engines, including sites like TerraServer, Adobe PDF Search, Britannica.com, NY Times, and the U.S. Patent database.

"The new ProFusion is a public showcase of Intelliseek's enterprise research server solution, which includes our patent-pending intelligent agent technology for adaptive searching, automated tracking, intelligent clipping, and more," said Sundar Kadayam, Intelliseek's chief technology officer.

The new ProFusion automatically targets relevant sources by detecting the context of a user's search. Then the user can set alerts to automatically run the search in the future on the Web or on selected sources for specific information, with notifications delivered to e-mail and wireless devices. In addition to Search Alerts, the new ProFusion also offers Page Alerts, which enable users to monitor specific Web sites and pages—such as a company's news page—and report when relevant information appears on them.

Kadayam and Mahendra Vora founded Intelliseek in May 1997. The company introduced BullsEye, a downloadable client line of products, and in October 1999, it introduced InvisibleWeb.com, a Web database directory that has over 12,000 searchable sources. In March 2000, Intelliseek acquired ProFusion.com in order to offer a complementary server-side product. Originating from a University of Kansas research project in 1995, ProFusion was one of the original metasearch providers.

Source: Intelliseek, Inc.

[Editor's Note: Intelliseek encouraged searchers to try out the beta release, but it was not quite prepared for the high traffic levels that ensued. Users encountered sporadic service interruptions, while the company promised that it was adding resources. Although users can do a general search, I liked the Topic Search, which lets you target the search to groups of vertical search sources. I miss the ability to search or sort by date, however, especially in looking for current news items.—PJH]



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