This year alone we have seen three different challengers to Google. First, Reddit was hailed as a better place to find what real people say. Then, TikTok was mentioned as a Google replacement for Gen Z. Currently, chatbots and large language models are considered by some to be better. We can learn two things from these waves. One, people are looking for a better alternative right now because the current monopoly is not serving its users well anymore. Two, none of these three alone can actually replace a search engine. The way to build the next generation of a search engine instead is to integrate all three and then continue to build more such search apps. We define search apps as sections in the results page that provide useful content and actions, that users can vote on and which everyone can build into an open platform. That is what we are announcing today: the beginning of an open, equitable, feature-rich, fair platform that allows everyone to contribute to a new kind of internet portal for millions of users.
YOU Platform is your place to get discovered by millions of users and generate revenue with You.com, the search engine taking on Google. All you have to do is build a Search App. On average it takes 45 minutes.
Search Apps are custom applications built right on top of You.com. Each one adds functionality to the core search engine so that users can find summarized information or complete a task. Some apps are well known, like a weather forecast app. Other apps summarize shopping sites and large forums such as Target, Etsy, Reddit, StackOverflow, and All Recipes. Users use these apps to quickly shop online, discover solutions to coding problems, find interesting discussions and recipes, and more. There are even AI-powered Search Apps that provide functionality never before seen inside traditional search engines. For example, YouWrite, YouCode, and YouImagine allow users to write, code, and create art using AI.
Search Apps appear for users on any relevant query. Some apps can be monetized. Monetization options do not influence the ranking, and users still hold the ultimate control of their search results. Users can upvote, downvote, pin or entirely block an app in their preferences. Upon submission, apps must pass security, speed and privacy approvals before they are ranked in search results.
By building a Search App, external developers and organizations can gain independence from Google with more traffic and revenue. You.com has grown over 400% in the last 6 months and has millions of highly engaged users (50% retention).
We also make building apps easy!
You.com is designed to empower users to take back control of their search experience with time-saving, customization, and privacy features. By joining us you will help build an internet that people control.
You.com has already onboarded 15 apps from external developers, with 130 more underway.
On our search engine you’ll find apps such as:
Get started on docs.you.com. Our team created comprehensive and user-friendly documentation for you.
When you’re ready to build, choose from a flexible set of UI components and construct low code apps on editor.you.com. You can also review past submissions, update, or resubmit apps via a Developer Dashboard.
Want to see YOU Platform in action? Check out the tutorial below.
We hope you’ll join the community building the next generation of search! Learn more about YOU Platform on developers.you.com.
You.com is the search engine that you control — your choices, your time, and your privacy. We combine the power of users’ choices with artificial intelligence and natural language processing to enable people to get back control over their information diet — without the manipulation of big ad tech from past eras of the web. The platform is extensible and developers can build apps that run within the results pages. You.com was founded by Richard Socher, former Chief Scientist at Salesforce and the fourth most-cited researcher in natural language processing, and Bryan McCann, who led natural language processing teams at Salesforce. The company is backed by Marc Benioff, Jim Breyer, Radical Ventures, Day One Ventures, and others.
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