Announcement of the Neeva search engine today which he officially launched in the three European countries of Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
Neeva is one of many search startups taking on the heavyweights Google Search and Bing. Founded by two former Google employees, it’s an attempt to move away from the current ad-influenced search model to one that’s more user-friendly and helpful.
Not only does Neeva promise an ad-free search environment, but it also ensures that users are not tracked and search results are not biased. Other features that set it apart from traditional search engines are options to customize the search experience, prioritizing or demoting certain sites or sources, or links to accounts on sites such as Dropbox, Figma or Slack, to include personal files in search results.
Neeva, like its rival Kagi, is available for free. Both fund search through premium accounts, which add functionality to the search experience.
The main idea behind both services is to fund operations only through paying users. Currently, Neeva Premium is only offered in the United States, but the company has announced plans to launch the premium option in the future also in Europe.
Premium users get access to new search engine features first, and can use a VPN and password manager alongside that.
Users from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom get local search results for certain search topics, including stocks, weather, restaurants, and more. French and German versions of the interface are also available.
Neeva uses its own index and Bing to provide search results to users. The service supports image, video, news, and map searches, as well as search suggestions.
The search engine stores a “limited amount of information” about its users to “improve the product” for the individual user, according to the service’s FAQ. Information is deleted after 90 days by default.
It remains to be seen how ad-free search engines like Neeva or Kagi will fare in the months and years to come. There is certainly a market for unbiased, ad-free search results, but it’s unclear how many internet users are willing to pay for the privilege. Both services need paying customers in the future to fund their operations.
For now, Neeva is focused on expansion and less focused on revenue generation.
Now you: Would you pay for unbiased, ad-free search results?