A comment on my blog from Charles Knight led me to this visual search engine that I hadn’t seen before. Searchme has huge appeal for all those visual learners out there. It has huge appeal for me and I don’t necessarily think I fall into the visual learner category (but I could be wrong about that!).
I love it because of the way it represents search results. It’s like the iTouch – your search returns are represented with the actual page on the screen – behind it are the other pages that you can view by clicking on them or using the scroll tab at the bottom of the page. Here’s what it looks like. I searched for one of my all time fave bands, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
You get the idea, right? I’m loving it. I can see the appeal for students today. Most of mine default to Google because they don’t know what else is out there. They get a page of results and click through text after endless text trying to find something suitable. With Searchme they get a eyeball on the page straight up and can start assessing its suitability from the get go. When you start typing your search request categories pop up to allow you to filter your search or you can choose the search all option. It’s still in Beta so you can’t expect brilliant returns every time, but Charles at AltSearchEngines has posted about it saying that it has just received another billion or so in funding so things can only get better.
Don’t you just love what’s happening with Search engines today? Semantic search engines like Mahalo and visual options like Searchme are helping to make search more meaningful for our students. If Google don’t watch out they might have some competition on their hands. Better get Knol out there soon I’d say!
Thanks Charles for the comment and for your great site. AltSearchEngines – check it out!
5 Replies to “Searchme – visual search engine suits me!”
Jenny – I came across this by chance a few days ago too. I liked the basic concept a lot – very much like the iTunes CoverFlow idea – but I was put off a little by the quality of the search returns. Maybe I was just unlucky with the search terms I used – did you get some decent responses from searches?
I love the concept and the look but not the search. I did a basic olympic games search and got some good websites but also a lot of repeat sites and several blank sites. One news site came up 9 times in the result. Also, while it is great to see a snapshot of the webpage, it wasn’t possible – on my screen anyway – to see the URL or to really see enough to make a good decision about which websites to start with. I did like the reduced number of results however.
hi, if you like visualization of search, check out the homegrown http://www.facesaerch.com
Thanks for posting about Searchme – we really appreciate it! We wanted to let you know that we’ve just added this cool new feature called Stacks, which lets you collect groups of your favorite web pages and then share them via email, web sites, Facebook®, MySpace®, and blogs like yours. We’ve also added Searchme Media Search, which lets you search for images or videos from Flickr™ and YouTube™.
Check out our Demo Videos:
Or check out Stacks in action:
The Searchme Team
Visual search engine already exists, it is only for kids ))