LinkedIn and MySpace pitch on Lucene

Posted by jcargoo | Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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As it was reported by Matt Asay, the LinkedIn social network has upgraded its search features, based on the open source search project Lucene. MySpace has recently updated its search features using Lucene as well.
Clearly, LinkedIn and MySpace feel confident in Lucene for searching the giant volumes of content that it will index for them.
Lucene is not focused on HTML parsing features but rather

on searching content within site content. It also handles searches within content of various file formats as: PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, and more.
Lucene is a free/open source information retrieval library, originally implemented in Java by Doug Cutting. It is supported by the Apache Software Foundation and is released under the Apache Software License. Lucene has been ported to programming languages including C++, Delphi, Perl, C#, Python, PHP and Ruby.
Cutting is the primary author of the V-Twin search engine (part of Apple's Copland operating system effort). He designed Lucene to make it easy to add indexing and search capability to a broad range of applications, including: Content search, News and wire service feeds, online documentation search, searchable Webpages, searchable email Website search, version control and content management.

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