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Timpi vs. other search engines

Timpi vs. other search engines

You’ve heard us claim that Timpi is the world’s first decentralized search engine with its own index. Perhaps you raised an eyebrow. Aren’t there other decentralized search engines out there?

We told you that we will focus on your privacy. You wondered, doesn’t Brave and DuckDuckGo already do that?

You may probe us and wonder what sets Timpi apart? Why should you pay attention to us in a sea of competitors?

We hope that by the end of this article you will have a clear answer to these questions. And you will see how Timpi is different from all our competitors and how we are revolutionizing the search engine market.

Search aggregator vs search engine indexing (web index)

To answer these questions, it is paramount that we make a clear distinction between a search aggregator and a search engine index, or web index.

A search aggregator is a type of metasearch engine that gathers information from many search engines.

On the other hand, a search engine index is the database of web pages from which a search engine aggregator draws to populate its search results. It uses complex and interdisciplinary concepts. These include linguistics, mathematics, informatics, cognitive psychology, and computer science.

The problem

The main issue we face when we attempt to make a distinction between Timpi and other search engines is that often search aggregators are referred to as search engines (because they are a type of metasearch engine!). This means that much of what we call search engines on the market are in fact search aggregators.

Search engine indexes (web indexing)

So, when people ask us about our competition, they often refer to search aggregators. However, search aggregators aren’t our competitors — our true competitors are web indexes.

In fact, there are only four large scale and well-maintained web indexes in the world. Yes, you read that right. Only four. Google, Bing, Yandex and Baidu. Most other search engines pay one or more of these corporations every time they search their web indexes. For example, DuckDuckGo takes its search results from the indexes of Google and Bing. Thus, we can’t, in the true sense of the word, qualify them as running their own search engine since their search results are provided by Google & Bing and are not their own!

Is Timpi a search aggregator or a web index?

Timpi will be one of only five web indexes and the only decentralized one on the market. We are not, however, a search aggregator. Now that we made a clear distinction between a search aggregator and a web index, let’s return to what sets up apart.

Decentralized infrastructure

Often there is a confusion when it comes to decentralization of search engines and between Timpi and Presearch.

Presearch’s Dashboard showing search providers

The difference between Presearch and Timpi, is that Presearch runs a decentralized advertising platform, while we are the world’s first decentralized search engine index. Presearch gets their search results from centralized web indexes.

Timpi’s proprietary decentralized network will allow us to compete globally within a monopolized industry. This is not just wishful thinking. We know that we can do this as our beta tests have shown that our network is already capable of indexing 5 billion pages every 48 hours!

As for the other search aggregators and search engine indexes — they are all centralized.

Decentralized governance

The other significant aspect of our decentralization will be our decentralized governance. This is unlike anything that is out there. Our community will play a central part in our decision-making process. The community will also determine Timpi’s future and how content will be ranked. This will be done through TAG (Timpi Autonomous Government). You can read more about TAG HERE. Our decentralized governance model is completely unique in the search engine market.

Low-cost infrastructure

Timpi’s decentralized platform is not hindered by large upfront costs in centralized infrastructure. Nor do we need large teams to run it. We grow incrementally as our popularity grows; rewarding those that support the network. Decentralization is secure, immutable and is governed by $TIMPI token holders via TAG.

Independent search engine index (web index)

TAP (Timpi Autonomous Protocol) is our proprietary communication protocol that It will be run by our search engine infrastructure. TAP is an article for another day, but essentially this protocol allows the search network to run autonomously.

We achieved 2 billion indexed pages per week with only one GeoCore during our beta testing. When we go live, we will have about 200 GeoCores! At this point our web index will be more extensive and accessible than BING’s. That’s huge.

When Timpi launches its beta search engine in Q1 of 2023, it will join the big players: Google, Bing, Yandex and Baidu. We will be the newest members in an exclusive search engine club that operates their own proprietary web index. With the difference that we will present users with truly independent access to the web.

Timpi’s capacity to collate and maintain an independent web index cannot be understated. There are many data aggregators that have abandoned previous indexing projects (including DuckDuckGo). This was due to unsustainable costs and external data storage solution’s inefficiency. Timpi’s decentralized network capabilities set it apart.

Impartial search results

Timpi’s ethical mission is to produce search results which are objectively factual and subjectively representative. Without agenda and absent of commercially motivated intent. Our team’s approach is to ensure that Timpi always shows all sides and facts of a particular topic. We have no motive to promote any political, religious, or societal agenda. Instead, we allow society to collaborate, curate, or find consensus on any given topic.

For this reason, we are developing a rating system that will enable users to influence search results and rankings. This, combined with TAG (read more HERE), will mean that our search results will be truly impartial and in the hands of the people.

Scalable

Decentralization enables us to scale quickly. Even more, through our TAP this happens autonomously and in real-time.

Protects privacy & no user tracking

When you use Google, it tracks you. If you use other search aggregators that use Google’s index, Google might still track you. So, even if you use a different search aggregator, your privacy can still be unprotected. Unless they have specific arrangements with Google not to show ads, or if they have an in-built ad filter, or another way to prevent you from being tracked. DuckDuckGo and Brave are two aggregators that have these kinds of security measures set up. Most others, as far as we know, don’t.

Low carbon footprint

Decentralization, combined with our system requirements, mean we have a low carbon footprint. Afterall, our system can be run on any computer with the right specs that is already in use. In fact, computers can be switched off and not be in use 24/7 if we have a large enough web of node operators. This makes us have a truly low carbon footprint.

User rewards

Like Brave or Presearch, Timpi rewards its users. With Timpi, users can collect $TIMPI for reviewing websites.

A final word

We discussed at length what sets us apart from our competition. It is important, however, to mention that we don’t see our competitors as “competition” per se. The search engine market, let’s be frank, is completely dominated by one player: Google.

Google owns 95% of the search engine market. They would love us all to compete against each other. But our philosophy is different. Many search engines are working together towards a common goal — to make this space better for the end user.

Timpi wants to work with and support other search aggregators and search engines, so they can move away from Google’s index to our unbiased and decentralized index instead. As a bonus, this move would fit many of their brands better, such as Brave or DuckDuckGo.

When we are at a web index size to compete with Bing or Google there is no reason why other search aggregators shouldn’t use our API layer instead of what they use today. And that is much sooner than many think.

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How TAG (Timpi Autonomous Government) will empower $TIMPI holders

Our mission is to reclaim the world’s information and enable access to unbiased and unmanipulated data.
This is not an empty promise, but the driving force behind every step that Timpi takes. Our decision-making process around company ethics and direction must involve our community. Timpi is powered for the people by the people. It is no question, thus, that the governance of Timpi must be by the people as well. Therefore, we decided to become a TAG.

What on earth is a TAG, and why not be a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)? You may wonder.

Let’s address the latter first.

We have all seen the rise of DAOs in popularity in the last year or so. Every project and their grandmother used the acronym DAO to define their crypto projects. Often, yet, these projects were not DAOs at all.

Why not a DAO?

Herein lies the first reason we are wanting to steer away from being a DAO. Because of its misuse, there is no clear definition in people’s mind on what it is.

Secondly, this decision is to do with our long-term vision of Timpi. We envision Timpi as a worldwide organization and this comes with inevitable regulations.

It is uncertain whether DAOs currently follow the European MiCAR (Markets in Crypto assets) Regulations. Currently in the eyes of many EU leaders, a DAO is not a legal structure and as such might not be able to enter the EU market. Our compliance with international crypto legislations must be watertight to be a global player. The EU is the 3rd largest economy in the world and thus essential for Timpi’s success.

Now onto TAG.

What is TAG?

TAG stands for Timpi Autonomous Government. TAG has a similar structure to a DAO with the difference that it has a registered business attached to it. Timpi along with the community share the governance of Timpi. Every Timpi token holder can create proposals to make changes in the organization.

How will TAG work?

As you can see from the above graph, we will use multistage voting. The reasoning being that direct voting can miss challenges that some proposals present. Every proposal will go through three stages. This will ensure that risks, opportunities, and implications of a proposal are considered by both the community and Timpi. This ensures that we can all make an educated decision at the final stage of the process.

TAG decision making & implementation process

  1. Any Timpi token holder can propose an idea or change request via Timpi Portal.
  2. The Dialog Club discusses the new proposal.
  3. Every Timpi token holder can vote to support or decline a proposal.
  4. The proposal passes if a) after 5 days there is a vote in support of the proposal OR b) if the fast-track option is utilized, a vote must be taken within 24hrs. In both cases, voter turnout must be AT LEAST 10% of all circulating tokens.
  5. Once a proposal passes it gets passed to the Focus Collective.
  6. When the proposal passes to the Focus Collective a 10-day timer starts. The Focus Collective and the Governance Chamber have 10 days to make their decision. If the timer expires without a decision the request is closed.
  7. In the Focus Collective, community members and Timpi can offer their expertise. Together they identify implications, viability and make suggestions on proposal implementation. They also create an impact and risk analysis for the Governance Chamber. This helps in making the final decision (taken in the Governance Chamber) an educated one.
  8. There are 12 elected community members and representatives in the Governance Chamber. It makes the final decision. Voting ensues and the proposal passes if there is a majority vote.
  9. Once a proposal is approved, the Administrative Group coordinates & executes the change.

Governance Chamber Elections

To nominate a candidate or yourself for an election, you must hold Timpi tokens. You can read more about the exact election process in our Whitepaper. The most important thing you need to know is that Timpi doesn’t take part in voting, and neither can Timpi members be nominated. The 12 seats are for community members, or for candidates chosen by community members (if elected).

Our vision centers around community

It is important that Timpi is a community-driven, unbiased, and decentralized search engine. Achieving this is no easy feat, but, with the TAG, multi-voting structure it will be possible. We want to empower our users and community to take an active part in shaping Timpi’s future. Timpi represents exactly the opposite of all the other search engines on the market. We are a grassroots organization. For the people by the people.

What does this mean for you?

If you hold Timpi you are part of its decision-making process. You will be able to influence the future of the search engine (and eco-system). You have the chance to make an impact. Timpi won’t be able to push through decisions that are not supported by the community — this means that you can trust that your voice will be heard. Further, because you can only vote if you have Timpi, there will be an incentive to hold Timpi. This in turn will have a positive impact on Timpi’s price, due to its limited supply. This means that early adopters and supporters of the $TIMPI token will be rewarded as the project grows.

We hope that you join us in our vision for a decentralized, unbiased, and self-governing future.