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Greplin: personal search for all social services

Another interesting startup came out of the Y Combinator incubator: personal search system Greplin . The idea is to index all the personal information that you leave on social services: Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote, LinkedIn, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Voice, etc. - and then provide a search for your personal archive.

The system works very simply: you specify the passwords for the services (using secure OAuth authorization and other APIs, so the system does not see your passwords) - and after a few minutes of indexing you get an ascetic Google-style search line for personal use.

This is a familiar idea for those who used to use the desktop search engine, who indexed all the documents on the hard disk, including email, IM logs and other personal information. Here is the same, but only online, because now more and more personal information is stored online, and not on a home PC. If a person leads, so to speak, a stormy online life, then often he does not remember which service he published this or that personal information, address or phone number - so that the “single search window” for all social services looks quite logical.
Greplin is positioned as a free service that will take money for additional features. The premium subscription supports searching inside files (PDF, Word, etc.), allows you to increase the index size to 2 GB and create an unlimited number of separate indexes, including for different accounts on Gmail or Twitter, and also promises a faster update of the database. Some services for indexing (for example, Evernote) are also available only in the paid version. It costs $ 5 per month or $ 45 per year.

Michael Arrington writes that this project was founded by an 18-year-old boy (who is 19 now), he lived all his life in Israel and specially came to California last winter so that his startup would be accepted into the Y Combinator system.

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/103235/

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