Top Press Coverage

Surf Canyon's CEO is interviewed by blogger, technical evangelist and author, Robert Scoble.
May 27, 2014

The Mossberg Solution: Web Searches That Really Bear Fruit, New Free Tools Aim to Make Online Results More Relevant by Tracking Your Reactions
"[Google SearchWiki and Surf Canyon] don't necessarily compete against each other; in fact, they can be used in tandem. But after initially entering a search query, SearchWiki requires additional work on the part of the user that many people may not want to do. Surf Canyon works automatically as you go, sorting results according to real-time user behavior."

The Mossberg Solution: Web Searches That Really Bear Fruit, New Free Tools Aim to Make Online Results More Relevant by Tracking Your Reactions (video newscast)
"At the end of the day, Google SearchWiki makes you do a lot of work. It might be beneficial for some people who want to save their searches, but Surf Canyon works with you as you go, on the fly. It works automatically and doesn't make you do anything extra other than what you're already doing."
The Wall Street Journal – January 14, 2009

Where Is Search Going?
Surf Canyon's CEO is interviewed by Gordon Hotchkiss, CEO of Enquiro and one of the most respected voices in understanding search user behavior. "I installed Surf Canyon and was fairly impressed. It was more helpful than I expected (though there may be few more skeptical critics of search user experiences than me)... If you’re not a search marketer [who often needs to see the "vanilla" version of the SERP], I'd definitely recommend taking it for a spin."
Search Engine Land – August 6, 2010

About Web Search 2010 Reader's Choice Awards Winners - Best Search Engine: Surf Canyon – March 3, 2010

Surf Canyon gets another $250K for its improved search results
VentureBeat – October 8, 2009

Ch. 9: Personalization in Search
"Search User Interfaces," by Marti Hearst, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley – July 2009

Search tools: hardware, an add-on and a service
"What's surprising about Surf Canyon is just how good it is!... I now consider Surf Canyon indispensable... Surf Canyon is one of the best search tools I've seen for some time."
Network World – March 3, 2009

Digging Deeper in Web Search, a personalization search tool reveals links buried deep within page results
"Marti Hearst, a professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, says that Surf Canyon succeeds in presenting the reordered links in a clear, useful, and unobtrusive way. It doesn't require people to do any extra work, as does Google's" SearchWiki.
Technology Review – January 29, 2009

Top 10 Alternative Search Engines of 2008, Top 100 Products of 2008
ReadWriteWeb – December 19, 2008

The Right Search Tool, It's mostly a one-search-fits all world today. Startup activity suggests that could be ready to change.
"… there are new tools that aren't really search engines at all. Often these come embedded in other types of applications. Launched in February, Surf Canyon is a browser extension that uses "semantic real-time implicit personalization" to sort results from the large search engines and pull the most relevant to the fore."
InformationWeek – September 29, 2008 print edition

Search Startup Surf Canyon Raises a Seed Round
TechCrunch – May 9, 2008

Hijacking Search: Surf Canyon and ManagedQ Rethink The Search Experience
"… what I like best about Surf Canyon is the interface. It doesn't take you to another Web page. The recommended results just appear underneath the appropriate link. It feels more like an application than a cumbersome Website where you have to click through multiple pages to find what you want. Google could take a lesson in interface design from Surf Canyon here with all of its Ajax goodness."
TechCrunch – February 19, 2008

Other Press Coverage

70 Sizzling Apps
American Bar Association (ABA) Journal – October 1, 2009

Firefox Add-on of the Week: Surf Canyon
Maximum PC – September 22, 2009

‘Booms!' Offer SERP and Browser Customization
FOLIO: Magazine – August 19, 2009

The Key to free apps
"Surf Canyon works on Google, Yahoo and Bing, so no matter your personal taste in search engines, refined search results are but an extension install away."
The Globe and Mail – June 15, 2009

Search Cloudlet and Surf Canyon combine forces
CNET Webware – June 9, 2009

Surf Canyon: Featured FireFox Extension for Search
Search Engine Journal – June 4, 2009

15 useful Firefox extensions for bloggers
"When you research a post on Google, Yahoo, or Live Search, chances are that you might be missing some relevant links on pages that are lower in the search results… Almost every time, Surf Canyon returned outstanding results."
CNET Webware – May 12, 2009

Find the right Firefox add-ons
CNET Webware – March 28, 2009

Surf Canyon - Scavare in profondità con le ricerche sul web
100Web2.0 – March 27, 2009

The best Mac add-ons for Safari and Firefox
"If search results from Google, Yahoo, MSN and Craigslist don't give you the detail you want, Surf Canyon may be the add-on you've been looking for."
Macworld – March 3, 2009

Five essential plugins to get more out of Firefox
T-mobile Netherlands – January 9, 2009

Startup Wants Publishers to Let Subscribers Boost Google Ranking for Them, Surf Canyon's plug-in allows for customizable search results
FOLIO: Magazine – December 17, 2008

Search startup Surf Canyon gets personal
"Cramer describes the distinction as real-time explicit customization (SearchWiki) versus long-term explicit (My SurfCanyon), but you don't have to follow his terminology to see that SurfCanyon sounds easier."
VentureBeat – December 9, 2008

New Google tools sift and sort search results
Betanews – October 30, 2008

Lifehacker Japan – October 18, 2008

Surf Canyon improves search...really
Network World – October 8, 2008

Chunklt et SurfCanyon : deux outils pour améliorer les résultats des grands moteurs de recherche
Translation: "In practice, Surf Canyon quickly proved to be indispensable… even if users do not understand how Surf Canyon treats the pages (trade secrets oblige), they get results more relevant than before."
Technologies Internationales – October 1, 2008

Many Would-Be Google Killers Boast Big Weapon – VC Bucks
Investor's Business Daily – August 7, 2008 (print edition)

Featured Download: Surf Canyon Browser Extension Deepens Search Results
LifeHacker – May 12, 2008

Surf Canyon raises seed round to refine your search results
VentureBeat – May 9, 2008

Firefox plug-in personalizes search results
Pandia Search Engine News – May 8, 2008

CEO of SurfCanyon on Search & Importance of User Feedback
Search Engine Journal – April 15, 2008

Surf Canyon Search Recommendations Adds User Options, Language Support
Mashable – April 2, 2008

Feature: Search your search results with Surf Canyon
"This is a must-have plug-in… I tend to use Google for the majority of my searching, and this tool breathed new life into the experience." – May 18, 2008

Way We Work: Improve Google Search with Surf Canyon
CivicActions Empowered – March 27, 2008

France loves search personalization service Surf Canyon
The Next Web – March 17, 2008

Bienvenue dans le troisième âge de la recherche en ligne
Rue89 – February 21, 2008

Surf Canyon targets relevant results via browser extension
CNET – February 19, 2008

Surf Canyon: Sophisticated Simplicity
"I've been using the plug-in for several weeks now and have quickly grown to love it. It's one of my favorite types of technology. I downloaded it and forgot about it until it made my life easier."
The Guidewire Group – February 19, 2008

Surf Canyon launches browser add-on to refine your search results
VentureBeat – February 19, 2008

Personalizing Search Results, Surf Canyon Risks Google's Ire
InformationWeek – February 19, 2008

Lancement officiel de Surfcanyon!!
Translation: "What is certain is that I've been using [Surf Canyon] for two months and it has become totally indispensable."
Outils Froid – February 19, 2008

Surf Canyon - Innovator to Watch
DEMO – January 6, 2008

Surf Canyon предлага технология за търсене, която се учи
Kaldata Software Reviews – September 29, 2008

Surf Canyon offers search technology that learns
CNET – September 28, 2007

Surf Canyon's Mind Mapping Search Tool
Mashable – September 28, 2007

Surf Canyon lets you refine results within Google
VentureBeat – September 28, 2007

Press Releases

March 9, 2010: Surf Canyon Selected “Best Search Engine” in Reader’s Choice Awards
Real-time Search Personalization Tops Google, Yahoo! and Bing
"The real-time and implicit user actions that Surf Canyon uses to improve the searching and finding experience are cutting edge," states Jim Jansen, Associate Professor at Penn State University. "It is great for finding those ‘deep’ but relevant results when conducting difficult or ambiguous queries."

November 10, 2009: Surf Canyon Surpasses One Million Queries A Day
Real-time Personalization Application for Google, Yahoo! and Bing Experiences User Growth Along With Industry Recognition for SIGIR
"Crossing the million queries a day threshold is an impressive accomplishment," said Mike Cassidy, CEO of travel guide and tour review site Ruba and co-founder of Direct Hit, a search engine that pioneered using user activity to affect relevancy. "Surf Canyon's real-time search personalization is an exciting innovation and their growth clearly indicates that users are appreciating the value."
"Surf Canyon's evaluation is done on an operational system with real users, and it gives a lot of insight into the benefits of real-time personalization," said Thorsten Joachims, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. "This is a great paper and one of the most interesting, original and relevant IR papers I have read in a while!"

May 18, 2009: Brand Thunder and Surf Canyon Partner to Bring Personalized Search to Custom Browsers

December 9, 2008: Personalized Internet Search Gets Smarter
Surf Canyon Version 2.0 Released

October 21, 2008: 400,000 People Find Just What They Are Looking For With Surf Canyon
Smart Real-time Personalization Technology Accelerates Web Search "I've been using Surf Canyon for the past four months and have become so addicted to the re-ranking functionality that it bothers me whenever I'm on a machine that doesn't have it installed," said Michael Flower, Professor of Interdisciplinary Science Studies at Portland State University. "The value of this application for web-assisted research is so important that I've begun recommending it to all of my students."

May 28, 2008: Surf Canyon Receives Seed Funding for Search Application
Surf Canyon's innovative technology accelerates the search process, enables searchers to find relevant information buried among results
According to Gene Munster, a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray who specializes in Internet and Digital Media, "After having spent time analyzing Surf Canyon's product, we believe that, because of its ability to quickly and easily enable users to locate relevant information that might otherwise have been impossible to find, real-time personalization represents a significant next step in the evolution of search."

February 19, 2008: Surf Canyon Launches Discovery Engine for Search
Surf Canyon's browser extension significantly accelerates the search process, enables searchers to find relevant information buried among results
"Surf Canyon significantly improves my search experience and the deeper results it delivers are spot on virtually every time," said Carla Thompson, senior analyst with The Guidewire Group. "I also really like that it functions within my existing search; once installed, I'm able to enjoy the advantages without having to adjust my habits."