80legs, a startup that provides a web crawling service for the masses, officially launched on Wednesday at DEMOfall in San Diego.
The Houston-based company’s web crawling technology can trawl through more than two billion web pages a day across 50,000 servers. The best part, perhaps, is the cost of the service. The startup charges users only $2 per one million pages crawled and 3 cents per CPU-hour used, which is about 50% less expensive than its competitors.
The company’s target audience includes market researchers, IP protection services looking for copyright infringements or article theft, and ad networks wanting to audit their own ads and discover where competitors are placing ads.
But the company’s newest feature – its “80apps store” which will officially launch in the coming months – has attracted individuals who, say, want to search for reviews on a particular product. With the app store, any developer can write her own application, which runs on top of the current 80legs service, and individuals can browse through these apps to figure out which one best suits their needs. The developers can sell them to customers at whatever CPR rate they choose, and they get to keep 100 percent of the revenue.