Many news sites in Turkey today carried a report from the Ihlas News Agency, saying “The domestic search engine ‘Geliyoo’ started a test broadcast.” The stories claimed that engineers Hakan Atabaş and Fatih Arslan developed the domestic search engine.
The two Turkish entrepreneurs claimed they had been working on Geliyoo for ten years with a budget of 10 million pounds. At first sight, this project fits the definition of the Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry’s domestic search engine. The two entrepreneurs(!) wrote a letter to president Erdogan to present their project and said: “No matter what, you must believe and trust us, Mr. President.”
After the news was reported of a ‘local and national search engine,’ the real facts came to light. Internet users realized that this engine takes data from Google. Specifically, when a user enters the Geliyoo site, it simultaneously sends a request to Google, and the Google results are displayed to users as though they’re Geliyoo’s own results. The same method is used for videos, with Geliyoo taking data from YouTube.
The two engineers who asked for support from the Turkish President, spent only 15 dollars to create Geliyoo and used readymade software. In other words, if you have basic software knowledge, you can create this system in ten minutes!
GELIYOO’S COMPETITOR: GIDIYOO
After Geliyoo became popular on social media, a competitor appeared. The site, called “Gidyoo” asks a question to the Geliyoo creators: “ We created this site in 10 minutes and spent 60 liras on it. So where is the 10 million TL spent in 10 years?” On the Gidiyoo site, when you click the ‘letter’ button, the site sends you to Ataturk’s Address to the Turkish Youth. If you click the ‘I feel unlucky” button, the site goes to Turkey’s 2016 budget deficit.