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Latest start-ups -- Opinmind not ready for prime time.


Opinmind is the latest Silicon Valley (Santa Clara) start-up. It is a search engine where you type in a search term or phrase, and it searches blogs to find out what people are saying about the term.

Meanwhile, Ambarella, a 75-engineer company in Sunnyvale, said it has created a low-power chip designed to make HD camcorders more practical. Dean Takahashi, the Merc's chip expert, has the story.

Back to Opinmind. It specializes in "opinions," and returns positive and negative opinions under different columns. So users should avoid searching for general terms, such as "venture capital," "fun in SF," or "trails in San Francisco area," which didn't work very well when we tried them. But we didn't find it very useful even for the company's suggested examples, such as "dating." When type that word in, the first result under the negative column reads: "Dating just sucks." Click on the link, and the broader post isn't very helpful.

Still, this is early days for the company. We'll keep an opinmind about this, and give them a chance to iron things out...

Updated: Sorry folks, for delay. Still on the road until Wednesday, and checking comments infrequently. Have since provided correct link to Opinmind!

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Hey Matt -- May be the link should point to opinmind.com & not openmind.com :)

Not sure why the choice of "opin". With such a choice they are bound to lose some traffic.

--An avid Internet browser

InternetBrowser.org on December 12, 2005 9:00 AM
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Ah...they've explained it..

"11. Where did the name Č•ĢOpinmindČ•ˇ come from?

We came up with the name Opinmind during a team meeting we were having in a bio-engineering lab at Stanford. We had been struggling to name our selves for a while. James came to the meeting prepared with Č•ĢSentimineČ•ˇ based on the fact that we were mining the internet for sentiments. No one liked it (because it sucks). After a few minutes, we came up with Opinmind signifying the fact that we mine the web for opinions."

InternetBrowser.org on December 12, 2005 9:04 AM
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Hi, Every things look fine but the link goes to some other company called OpenMind. As such the link is www.opinmind.com

Param Konatham on December 12, 2005 9:17 AM
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Just for fun I typed in "Bill Joy" since he appears in your blog right above this little item. I get:
"No opinions found for Bill Joy"
Wow! This must be the first time there are no opinions about Bill since 1982. :-)

Lynne Jolitz
Chief Technology Officer
ExecProducer / CoolClip Network

Lynne Jolitz on December 12, 2005 10:20 AM
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have updated with correct link. serves me right for moving too quickly!

Matt Marshall on December 13, 2005 12:04 AM
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Opinmind is interesting. But for now, you probably have to submit your blog to be included in the search.

Helen Wang on December 13, 2005 5:43 PM
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Opinmind is an important search concept - like all new ideas, it will be tweaked, optimized and evolve.

However, it is enjoyable and useful,... wonder who will eventually buy them?

Search Engines Web on December 14, 2005 4:33 PM
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