LiveSide.net user “ma574ch33f117” performed a little interesting search over at Live Search and found something quite intriguing. In his comment, he states that he went to Live.com and searched “site:kumo.com” to see what results would come up with the domain. I went ahead and repeated that query and found other little details.
When you perform the search, you get a result titled “Kiev Search - Get to know Kiev Search” which contains a description:
“Get to know Kiev Search. Web. Search the web. cashback. Get money back when you shop at the online stores you know and trust. Images. Find the pictures that you've been looking for…”
Additionally, Live Search even provided a cashed version of the site, which looks a lot like a current Live Search site.
Current “Kiev Search” (kumo.com) cached site on Live.com servers
Current “Live Search” (similar site)
I don’t know…you be the judge. But, “Kiev” is such a random brand name. Kumo at least had some meaning behind it (which means either “cloud” or “spider” in Japanese, depending on which Kanji characters are used, via Mary-Jo Foley). I don’t honestly know what to think anymore. After the resurfacing possible Yahoo search deal, multiple rebranding possibilities, and now “Kiev,” I just hope some Softie knows what they’re doing.