Tired of Google Search? Try SearchMe

Tired of Google Search? Try SearchMe

Summary: The experience of using a search engine hasn't changed in about ten years.In the mid 90s, Yahoo!

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The experience of using a search engine hasn't changed in about ten years.

In the mid 90s, Yahoo! was the best because they had a simple ontology-based category search. It was all text links and the web fit into that little nook:

Fast forward a few years and Google is number one. It's a bigger web, but connection speeds are still slow. Using Google to search keywords was much faster than Yahoo:

Now the web is ginormous, and we have faster bandwidth. Sites like Viewzi have a chance to make a rich search experience possible.

SearchMe has a much nicer layout and experience. Start typing your search query, and categories appear below:

The results page reminds me of cover flow:

Besides having a photo and video view, SearchMe has something called Stacks. Say you are researching TechCrunch50 and you want to learn more about Mahalo:

You can drag and drop videos, photos, and search results into a little bin at the top and save it for later. You can even embed this into your blog.

TechCrunch50 Day 2

It's gonna be hard to switch from Google, but I will make a point of using it at least once a day.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Browser, Google

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  • Tired of Google? Use someone else and you'll be back

    You have failed to cover one important aspect ... can it search worth anything?

    The best bit about the hype of Cuil and Wikia Search was that it helped show the kids what search was like before Google came along. "See? It was that bad! This is why Google is so popular!"
    dgerard
  • My browser cannot use flash ..

    and javascript! How can I use it?
    joemartn
    • Get Firefox

      http://www.getfirefox.com
      Andrew Mager
    • flash and javascript

      look for my post: "RE: Tired of Google Search? Try SearchMe"

      I hit the wrong button when replying to your post!

      sorry 'bout that!
      marcfinnwilson@...
  • Yes Try SearchMe!

    Very neat concept, very neat! Especially like the way you can use your ARROW KEYS to essentially make it like you are browsing through a book or newspaper.

    Sure, maybe the results are not as all encompassing as google, but this is surely a nice new DESIRABLE twist for me searching things. Definitely be adding this into my daily search mix.

    Yeah, if you're in a complete all out get things done hurry -- stick with google.
    mhayes_z
    • Just GOT cooler...

      Not only can you use your ARROW KEYS to scroll through selections... I just noticed (at least in FIREFOX 2.0.16 or whatever -- hadn't gotten to 3 just yet) ....

      you can also hit the ENTER key which will launch the search result page in the CENTER open into a NEW TAB. Use ctrl-w to close that Tab/Window and you're back into the SEARCHME search results.

      Any of the 4 ARROW KEYS work to take you LEFT or RIGHT through the RESULTS. Yep, they probably have instructions as well but I'm still in Disneyland at the moment.
      mhayes_z
  • Great for visual impact

    SearchMe is a great browser for people who are visually/graphically oriented (like my wife). The preview of the actual pagees of search rresults, instead of a line or two of descriptive text simplifies and speeds up the process of determining whether a site is relevant to your search request. The best thing about SearchMe is that it is the first really different way of displaying search results. All the others are variations of the same thing. The developers support group also reviewed and personally replied to some of my early comments recommending imrovements.
    JoeInTampa
  • RE: Tired of Google Search? Try SearchMe

    download Adobe Flash from http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash

    As for javascript in Internet Explorer:
    1. Select 'Tools' from the top menu
    2. Choose 'Internet Options'
    3. Click on the 'Security' tab
    4. Click on 'Custom Level'
    5. Scroll down until you see section labled 'Scripting'
    6. Under 'Active Scripting', select 'Enable' and click OK
    marcfinnwilson@...
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  • RE: Tired of Google Search? Try SearchMe

    Great idea!! Faster search. However, if the company you work for is not upgrading the Flash or blocking Flash, it is useless.
    lucyla
  • New Default Search -- SearchMe NOT

    See next post.

    That's the only way to give it a fair trial. I'll see if I can stand it. The UI is intuitive and visually appealing. If the infrastructure matches their design then it's a definite winner.

    I am getting tired of Google. They're getting smug and it's starting to wear thin. A little competition will be good for them.

    Anybody know if SearchMe runs on Chrome? I un-installed mine.
    djchandler
  • THIS IS STILL IN BETA

    Don't make it default yet. Just found out they are not ready for full service.
    djchandler
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