I haven’t been giving Kosmix the greatest reviews in the past because I did not see them as being very innovative when it came to search. Clearly I may be alone in my opinion because Kosmix’s traffic is surging. As a matter of fact, in the month of March Kosmix’s traffic surged 419%. The website received 3.2 million unique visitors in March. TechCrunch compares Kosmix to Mahalo.
Kosmix basically aggregates news items, popular videos, and breaking news from external sources. This is all put together by various algorithms rather than using human editors like Mahalo. Around December 2008, Kosmix raised $20 million. Thus far the company has about $55 million in funding. The $20 million round was led by Time Warner.