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Yippy! A Blast from the Past

Marydee Ojala @ 7:29 am

Yippy, Inc. announced on June 26, 2013 that it had acquired Gigablast and Web Research Properties.

You may remember Gigablast from early presentations at WebSearch University and from mentions in Greg Notess’ columns in ONLINE (now Online Searcher). It was a good alternative to Google at one time, but fell off the radar as its database aged and remained rather small. Gigablast was pretty much a one-man show and that man, Matt Wells, did a splendid job. But today’s world of very large companies (Google and Microsoft) dominating the search space, it’s touch to compete.

Yippy intends to integrate Gigablast’s and Web Research Properties’ technology with that of MuseGlobal, a company it acquired in June 2012. No mention of Clusty, a product it acquired from Vivisimo in May 2010 before Vivisimo was sole to IBM.

Although I find the name Yippy a bit strange, rhyming as it does with both hippie and skippy, it’s becoming a technology company to keep an eye on.


  1. Yippy is not a strange name at all when realizing it is geared toward safe search for children.

    Comment by J B — June 30, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

  2. It is also an outstanding search engine with none of the garbage results Google and the like pull up.

    Comment by kathy — September 18, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

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