Amazon

Google Book Search Improved(?)

According to the Google blog “Inside Google Book Search“, some changes have been made recently to Google Book Search, so I took this as my cue to go and visit to check these out. To say that I was disappointed is to put it mildly, and if you don’t have time to read my entire […]

Content Marketing

Search People In Video From Reuters

Greg recently mentioned that Reuters have launched a new video/people search engine powered by Viewdle, and I’ve been playing around with it. While it has some drawbacks (currently it’s only possible to search through 612 hours of footage held by Reuters), it has a lot of features that I like. The results screen tells you […]

SEO

Ask Advertising Campaign Slammed

As pointed out on Bruceclay.com — Ask.com thinks you’re an idiot — Ask can sometimes be an irritating company. I like the new Ask3D interface, and they’re doing a lot of good things in the search arena. However, when it comes to how Ask is marketing itself, I’m completely baffled.

SEO

The Users Are Revolting At Flickr & Elsewhere

Flickr has recently introduced content filters, allowing users more control over what images they view, and to ensure that they don’t get nasty surprises by accidently viewing some of the more adult images that are hosted. However, while this is a useful option, the option of turning it off has been removed in Germany, which […]

SEO

Sproose Updated

Sproose, a social search engine that allows users to rank results which I wrote about back in February, has updated, making it easier for users to rank the index of results.

Google

Google Book Search Expands

Although Google currently has a wealth of books in their Google Book Search database, this isn’t enough either for them or us, so they’ve taken steps to improve the situation. If you now do a search, you’ll find references to millions of books that they haven’t yet digitized. You can then click on an “About […]

Amazon

Pipl – A People Search Engine

Pipl is a people search engine that tries to be a little different. Rather than just go off and hunt for email addresses, this tries to search through the deep/invisible/hidden web to return content that other search engines are going to miss. The interface is simple – type in first name, last name, city, state […]

Content Marketing

Return To The Search Engine Shoot-Out

My colleague Chris Sherman briefly looked at the PC World ‘Search Engine Shoot-out’ article the other day, and I also mentioned it in my own weblog. I read through the article briefly, but something about it kept nagging me, so I wanted to go back and look at it in rather more detail. The more […]

SEO

Properazzi – A European Property Search Engine

Properazzi is a multi search engine that scans property websites and provides access to over 1,800,000 properties for sale or rent in 45 European countries. Searchers can limit searches to particular towns or countries, by price, keyword and sale or rental. A Google powered map allows another method of locating a particular place or region. […]

Amazon Alexa

QueryCAT – Search FAQs

QueryCat is a search engine that is designed to search frequently asked questions, and they claim to have the largest database of these, by using the Alexa web crawler. They have apparently indexed over 2 million questions and answers (though this information isn’t on the website) which is a fair number. I tried lots of […]

Google

Google Book Search And Libraries: An Overview

Via Google Librarian Central, Information Today has an informative overview called Google book search, libraries and their digital copies. It is written from the perspective of librarians Jill Grogg and Beth Ashmore. The entire article is worth reading, but I think it’s also worth highlighting a few of the important points regarding the project.

Commerce

TimeSearch: Searching Through History

TimeSearch is an interestingly different search engine, since the focus is just on time, as one may expect from the name. It’s the brainchild of Bamber Gascoigne, (a well known British television presenter of historical programmes and academic quiz shows) and HistoryWorld. The search options are fairly limited – to geographic areas of the world, […]

Amazon

Quintura Relaunches With New Interface

Quintura recently relaunched with a new interface, which has been receiving a fair amount of comment. I originally wrote about the search engine back in November, and I was fairly lukewarm in my praise of it; while it was a nice idea, the interface held it back. Well, the relaunched version is now much better, […]

Commerce

Pagebull – A Visual Internet Search Engine

Pagebull is a visual search engine in the sense that it displays search results simply by visually displaying page thumbnails, highlighting the term(s) searched on. Some search options are available – limiting to particular country results (currently Any, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, UK, USA) being the main one, though you can […]

SEO

You Hum It, These Search Engines Claim They’ll Find It

Recently a couple of search engines have come to my attention that are designed to allow you to hum a few bars of a tune into them, and then they’ll tell you what the song is. These are Midomi and Humming Search from Nayio. That’s the promise; the reality was disappointing.

SEO

Sproose – A Social Search Engine

Sproose is another social search engine where you get to vote for your favourite websites/pages, and to that extent it’s very similar to previous social search engines that I’ve looked at recently. It’s got the double ‘o’ in the name which always helps, and uses terminology that sounds familiar, such as ‘Knowledge Rank technology’. However, […]

SEO

CrossEngine: Fast & Easy Way To Search Several Search Engines

CrossEngine is the new (and in my opinion better) name for the Mr Sapo meta search engine. It is similar in functionality to TurboScout and Trovando in that it has a search box at the top of the screen with a list of search engines that you can use below that. Simply type in your […]

Google

Google Librarian Central: Talking At Librarians

Google has created the Librarian Central Blog just in time for ALA Midwinter. The decision to create the weblog arose from their request for suggestions from librarians on how to improve the Google Librarian Newsletter, the two common ones being ‘make it a blog’ and ‘give us more current information’. The new weblog provides access […]

Commerce

MetaGlossary – Two Million Terms, Phrases And Acronyms

MetaGlossary provides users with access to over 2 million words, terms and so on. It works in a similar manner to the Google define: function, though I’ve found that it tends to be rather more comprehensive. Definitions for ‘search engine optimization’ resulted in 1 related phrase with Google and 15 with MetaGlossary. Google gave a […]

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