Author

Vijeth Patil

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Degree Type

Master's Project

Department

Computer Science

Abstract

People often tend to ask their friends whenever they want some information related to topics like events, restaurants, or movies as majority of the search engines do not yield the desired results which people are seeking [1]. At present, majority of the current Open Source search engines like those based on Nutch also do not yield desired or expected results. Popular search engine, Google recently incorporated the feature of providing information from your social circle but only limited to Google Plus in your search results. On the other hand, micro blogging site Twitter has emerged as a vital source of information with more than 140 million active users [2] and nearly 250 million new tweets every day [2]. People also like to see more results from the blogs or news websites they follow and generally subscribe to their Really Simple Syndicate(RSS) [3] feed service to get the data and have to use RSS reader to find them. A web search engine which can provide results from user’s social network content along with the indexed web results would be a great deal of help for people interested in results from their social circle. This project’s goal is to include results from your Social Networks (Twitter, RSS feeds) in Yioop! search results by using feeds database created from your Twitter account and RSS feeds you follow.

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