Personal Search Engine: CloudGrove

So, I’ve got a little pet project that I’ve been working on in my spare time. I know there’s been some discussion on the blogs about funny names for Web2.0 projects, and the driving force behind the name for CloudGrove was that it’s become very difficult to find relatively short and usable domain names. Especially if you’re not willing to buy a name off of someone, you’ve got to get pretty creative.

So, what is CloudGrove. It’s my answer to holes in several of the tools that I had been using every day. I enjoy using tools like Delicious, Bloglines, and Google, but I felt that something was missing from this toolset and that it could be approached in a better way.

There’s an incredibly large amount of content that I’m viewing every day from RSS feeds. I currently read ~100 feeds and have found that they produce on average 500 posts / day. There’s also other pieces of content that I find interesting on the web and would like to remember. All of this adds up to quite a bit in a fairly short amount of time.

With that background I set out to create a tool that would sit in the Personal Search Engine / Content space. A tool that would let you define and enter the content that was of interest to you and then give you the best tools for searching, reading, and tagging of the content.

Google is very good at tracking down one web page out of the billions on the internet, but I felt that there is even more that we can do when we narrow the scope to only the content that interests you. Even on the best of days less than 1% of the web is of any interest to you. So lets create tools to let you define what that 1% is and then give you the best tools to work with that portion. Tools that wouldn’t be feasible if you were looking at the web in its entirety.

This project might be productized at some point, but for right now it’s an experiment.