Did Kumo.com go live last night?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted March 6, 2009 6 comments

Kumo.com, the new iteration of Live Search, is supposed to be in “internal tests”, but apparently at least for a time last night it was live.  We picked up on a re-tweet of a tweet taken down (btw, why bother? Removing a tweet doesn’t remove it from Twitter Search!) saying as much, and this morning the Microsoft Netherlands Livelog blog (in Dutch), said the same thing, offering up a screenshot and a few tidbits:

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In the blog post, Livelog mentions that Kumo works with IE8 Web Slices.  As soon as we saw the tweet last night we rushed straight to http://www.kumo.com, but all we got was a blank page (and a Windows favicon, woohoo!).  Seeing screenshots is one thing, but checking out Kumo’s performance is another, so we’re anxious to try it out.  Did anyone catch Kumo in action?

Posted March 6th, 2009 at 7:42 pm
Category: Bing
Tags: Kumo, Live Search
  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Tony-T/default.aspx Tony T

    A guy from a forum I visit, said he saw a Kumo search engine hit on his Google Analytical Log.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Edgar-J_2E00_/default.aspx Edgar J.

    Visit the website on the favicon you will see Windows flag.

  • http://www.refugedesign.org Joshua Sciarrino – Refuge Design

    I actually got 2 refers from Kumo, even though it’s in private beta.

    http://twitpic.com/1w8xs (Please note, I hate GA cause it doesn’t show all the data; I had two, but the picture shows one. I’m trying to figure out some better/cheap analytics).

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Kip-Kniskern/default.aspx Kip Kniskern

    Joshua,
    Microsoft offers adCenter Analytics, it’s still in beta, so you have to apply to get in but it’s free: http://tinyurl.com/cvgppl BTW we have 7 referrals from http://www.kumo.com.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Lab_2D00_Rat/default.aspx Lab-Rat

    I don’t know why, but my school can access Kumo.com and see the search engine. When I went to Live.com it redirected me to Kumo.com

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/foaf/default.aspx foaf

    Also had two referrals from Kumo. I guess it was their bots as they didn’t stay long http://twitpic.com/1ycg4