Shortly after the findx public beta was released, we held an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit. We were overwhelmed and very happy with the response from the reddit community, who asked loads of questions and gave us valuable feedback. Our AMA even hit the front page of reddit – it gave us one more reason to celebrate how far we’ve come!
We hit a new record for the number of searches and traffic on findx, with a peak of 250 searches per minute, with an overall 50,000 searches processed on May 16. Through this, we found we did not have enough capacity booked with our map search provider: Private web search was in demand, and so was private route planning and we found we did not have enough capacity booked with our map search provider.
We have taken the many suggestions and great feedback on board, and we are working our way through the issues raised.
We’ve improved our spider over the last months and it ran into some issues with crawling certain popular websites. We’ve asked for permission, but have been denied access to crawl some of them.
Not all websites allow every spider to trawl through their web pages – some sites allow only a few search engines to index their site. For example, some sites only allow Google, others only allow Yandex. All search engines have this problem, not just findx. Here is some more information about the sites that have not allowed findx to index.
At the moment, both Quora and Yelp have denied our request that findx be allowed to index their sites, and we are waiting to hear back from Facebook, Github and LinkedIn. But you can use a search exit to quickly and easily repeat your search on those specific sites. Simply type !q in the search box to jump to Quora, or !fb for Facebook.
Reading about and promoting online privacy is something we do every day – here are some of the articles we read and loved in May.
Privacy in Europe
Privacy in the US
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