Mahalo Greenhouse – User Generated Directory Results

by Stephen Pitts on June 17, 2007

Mahalo Greenhouse
Mahalo, the first human generated search engine directory, is now looking for users to build search results.

Two weeks ago we launched the human-powered “search service” Mahalo.com in alpha at the WSJ’s D conference in California. The tag line of Mahalo is “we’re here to help,” and after 15 days of tremendous feedback we’ve learned one thing: you want to help too!

We hear ya, we hear ya. We really, really, really hear ya!

Today I’m thrilled to announce the Mahalo Greenhouse, a place where the public can build search results that-if accepted by our Guides-will be included in the Mahalo search index.
calacanis.com

Here are some reactions from others:

Greenhouse kind of makes Mahalo a bit more like Squidoo. For more details on Mahalo, check out Danny’s Mahalo Launches With Human-Crafted Search Results.
Danny Sullivan

I’m keen on the idea behind the engine, I think by employing expert researchers they had a chance of creating some excellent results even if the business model was a bit shaky. However with the paid part time guides I’m a bit more pragmatic about whether the search engine will take off.
Kelvin Newman

My take on the whole thing?

I think that offering a human edited search engine (or directory) is a great idea, however, employing average joes to build them would not be the direction that I would take. Really, what’s the point, even after they are written they will have to be reviewed by an editor for accuracy, but it will be easier to exploit the service.

I am not quite sure that this project will be able to be accurate using this process.

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