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Wolfram|Alpha Is One of Time’s 50 Best Websites of 2009

August 24, 2009 —
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Time just named Wolfram|Alpha as one of the 50 best websites of 2009. We are delighted to receive this recognition in just our first 100 days. According to journalist Adam Fisher, “Clear out your bookmarks. You’re going to need the space for 50 offerings that are indispensable….”

Time’s view:

“Today’s search whiz kid is Stephen Wolfram, one of the biggest brains on the planet—and he’s got the new idea. Wolfram has developed a search engine that can actually understand your questions and try to figure out answers. It takes some doing to learn how to talk to Wolfram|Alpha, but it’s well worth it. If the sci-fi writers are right and the Internet does gain a consciousness of its own someday, we’ll all blame Wolfram.”The 50 Best Websites of 2009,”
Time Magazine

As Stephen Wolfram wrote last week, we’ve been very busy since Wolfram|Alpha’s public launch. We’re constantly working toward our ultimate goal of making all of the world’s knowledge computable, and while we’ve got quite a way to go, we already have many trillion pieces of information available—something of value for everyone.

Thank you for your continued support and feedback. We hope you enjoy Wolfram|Alpha.



Posted by igo August 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

So Time magazine thinks W|A is a Search Engine. Oh Well! the praise is welcome.

Posted by Brian Gilbert August 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm

discovering a new dimention Wolfram gave us a state-of-the art definition of humonoid mind and we just have started to realize the unlimited communication with our universe in the megacosmos.

Posted by Dr.Somasiri Collure August 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm


But there is a bug about Wolfarm.When I input “??”, the map of the result has some problems that the area of Taiwan isn’t lighted. It’s obvious that Taiwan belongs to China.

I hope the problem can be sovled soon.

Posted by Vincent August 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm

sorry, the “??” represents the Chinese words fo “China”. I don’t know that the blog doesn’t support Chinese.

Posted by Vincent August 24, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Congrats people! that means you’re doing things really well!

Posted by overdriver August 25, 2009 at 10:20 am

I notice that the ‘Daily Page Visits’ more than doubled today. I suspect that is due to the mention in Time magazine. For those who don’t know you can get this figure any time by inputting ‘’ into the input field. You can also get a graph.

Posted by Brian Gilbert August 26, 2009 at 8:53 am

Congratulations! Let’s continue to work together and never stop.

Posted by Aritaborian August 26, 2009 at 9:21 am

It’s all very well to blow your own trumpet like this but when one constantly gets the “WolframAlpha has currently exceeded its load” screen its a disgrace!!

Posted by Richard August 28, 2009 at 7:38 am