The next Google? The decentralized search engine “Presearch” exits the test phase

The decentralized search engine Presearch, a potential alternative to Google, is coming out of the test phase, allowing it to serve more search queries around the world.

Presearch officially switched from its Testnet to a Mainnet today. This means that all search traffic through the service now flows on Presearch’s decentralized network of volunteer managed nodes.

“The decentralized network will now process over 5 million private searches per day with the potential to scale up to hundreds of millions,” Presearch said in the announcement.(Opens in a new window). The Canadian company has also adopted a new domain for the search engine on in a new window) when it used to use as its main landing page.

Presearch is trying to compete with Google by creating a search engine with no user data collection. To accomplish this, the search engine uses volunteer-run computers, known as “nodes,” to aggregate search results for each query. The nodes are then rewarded with a blockchain-based token for processing the search results.

The result is a community-run decentralized search engine, also designed to purge the user’s private information with each search request. Anyone can also volunteer(Opens in a new window) to turn your home computer or virtual server into a node.

In a blog post(Opens in a new window), Presearch said the move to Mainnet promises to make the search engine smoother by harnessing more computing power from its volunteer nodes. “We now have the ability for node operators to contribute computing resources, be rewarded for their contributions, and have the network automatically distribute those resources to locations and activities that require processing,” the company said.

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“The second reason why Mainnet is a breakthrough is that due to geographic distribution, the speed of search execution for global users will improve as researchers get closer to the computing resources they access,” he added.

Presearch launched on its Testnet in October 2020 and since then the search engine has attracted 3.8 million registered users. It currently has over 64,000 volunteer nodes, which are gradually moving from Testnet to Mainnet.

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