Yauba is a new search engine from India that first launched their beta version in March. They bill themselves as “The World’s First Real-Time Search Engine” According to their ‘About Us’ page, they
‘completely reject the view that search engines somehow need to keep mountains of data on their own users. Instead, we take the exact opposite approach. We do everything we can to protect the privacy of our users.’
In an interview of Yauba founder A. Ahmed Hossain by Pandia, Hossain said that there is no reason for search engines to collect and store all the user data that they currently keep. He also gave some idea as to the future plans for Yauba:
Our primary goal is to offer Internet users a viable, world class alternative to the major search engines. Currently, there is no real alternative for Internet users who want to search the Web but do not want cookies placed on their computer, or who want to visit third party web results in privacy as well.
We plan to brand Yauba as both a standalone Internet search engine as well as a software and technology firm for solution providers. We also license various components of our search, navigation, categorization and refinement technologies.
Yauba took a stride recently by launching its first Non-English version: Hossain said this is the first in a series of international launches and was made possible by a unique interaction via social network:
“The translation into French as well as the proofreading was carried out entirely by volunteers who contacted us via Twitter,” Hossain said. “We have never met them, but they kindly agreed to help bring Yauba to their counties and as a result, we already have gotten translations from such volunteers for over 12 countries, which we will launch across the next 3 month.”