My first concept was called “Power of the Freaks”. The idea was that for any subject you can think of, there are passionate “freaks” out there who know everything there is to know about subject. In many cases, those people will not use Google to get the information they seek; they go directly to known and trusted websites. I also thought about teachers who have to fail a student’s paper, not for lack of effort on the student’s part, but simply because the research was based on Google searches that led to poor or flawed websites
MyRiki addresses those issues directly. With MyRiki, people can create micro search engines. A teacher can create a Riki about a topic and tell his students to use only that Riki to search the information. That way, the teacher knows that the student will not be misled by false information. This is exactly what I do in my work every day. When I have to learn a new programming language, for example, I create a Riki about it and then search in that Riki. When I can’t find the information I am looking for, I go back to Google and begin the long process of sorting all the links to get to the good ones, and then add them to one of my Rikis.
Contrary to the majority of other small search engines, we don’t depend on other search engine results; we have our own crawlers and indexers. Also, we do not attempt to crawl the entire web, but only the websites requested by our users. We think that, with time, we will not become the biggest search engine, but rather the one with the best results.