WiseNut was a crawler-based search engine that officially launched on September 5, 2001.[1] Like Teoma, WiseNut automatically clustered search results, a technology called WiseGuide.[2] Despite being referred to as a "Google killer" and having a good start, WiseNut never managed to become a major search engine. It lacked boolean search in the standard search and other advanced search features.[1][2] The company was based in San Francisco, California.[3]

Type of site
Web search engine
URLwww.wisenut.com at the Wayback Machine (archived September 27, 2007)
LaunchedSeptember 5, 2001; 20 years ago (2001-09-05)
Current statusDefunct

On March 12, 2002, LookSmart announced that they would be acquiring WiseNut for about $9.25 million in stock.[4] LookSmart completed the acquisition in April.[5]

WiseNut shut down in late-September 2007.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Sherman, Chris (September 5, 2001). "Wisenut, the Google Killer? Nah..." Search Engine Watch. Archived from the original on December 29, 2006. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Randolph Hock (2007). The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher. ISBN 0910965765.
  3. ^ Olsen, Stefanie (2002-03-12). "LookSmart buys search technology". CNET. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  4. ^ Tomasula, Dean (March 13, 2002). "LookSmart to Buy WiseNut Search Engine in $9.25 Million Deal". DMNews.com. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  5. ^ "LookSmart completes purchase of WiseNut". CNET. 2002-04-08. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  6. ^ "WiseNut". WiseNut. 2007-09-27. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  7. ^ "WiseNut". WiseNut. 2007-09-29. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2019-01-10.