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Old 06-24-2003, 03:37 AM
KHN KHN is offline
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Please Review ZapMeta - New Search Engine


Hello Everyone,

We recently released the official version of our meta-search engine, www.zapmeta.com, after being eight months in beta. Please provide us your input on the following factors:

1. Speed - Fast? Average? Slow?
What do you think of ZapMeta's speed comparing to other meta search engines?

2. Advanced Search and Preferences - Useful or Useless?
Advanced search enables users to restrict their search and the ability to customize the output of their results. Preferences were made to work in conjunction with advanced search. In other words, if you change a value in preferences, it will also be reflected in advanced search if the value is present.

3. Design - Visually appealing or overloaded with graphics?
What do you think of our effort in trying to put a distinction between ZapMeta's design and the plain html design of most search engines?

4. Result Relevancy - On the mark or not close at all?
We wanted ZapMeta to return relevant results, so sponsored links will never be included in the actual results (unless selected in preferences). Along with our smart algorithm, ZapMeta is able to produce more relevant results than most meta search engines. Or at least that's what we think, let us know your thoughts.

5. Bugs and Errors
Please report any bug or error if you encounter them.

Anything you dislike or like? Please let us know, all feedback, comments, and/or suggestions are highly appreciated.

Regards,
Kevin

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Old 06-24-2003, 07:53 AM
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1. fast
2. Useful for some but I never use them
3. Looks good, not too overpowering, straight to the point
4. On the mark, found everything I expected it to find.
5. none that I noted.

Overall pretty good.

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Old 06-24-2003, 12:22 PM
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Looks, good not all the clutter like yahoo has ...

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Old 06-24-2003, 12:45 PM
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great search engine? are you guys planning to like allow other webmasters to embredd your search engine to their sites? that would be a good additonal to your search portal. the speed was somewhat a little slower than google's. overall it's a great look and design.

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Old 06-24-2003, 12:50 PM
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Its very nice looking, I like the colours and the layout.
The only thing that I've got a problem with is the speed, its slightly slower than the top speed engines. Otherwise, its quite fast and I like it!

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Old 06-24-2003, 01:53 PM
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I love that layout.. excellent job.

EDIT: Just noticed a small problem... when clicking a link the title bar of the browser doesn't update. Not sure if it's intentional or not.

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Old 06-24-2003, 04:06 PM
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silock and darktiger,

Keep in mind that ZapMeta is a meta-search engine, it must wait for all results to arrive before it can be processed and ranked. Whereas, results of a traditional search engine are stored in databases of their servers and page rank is pre-determined, thus retrieval time is much quicker.

However, a meta-search engine is able to accomplish more work in a shorter period of time. Since it is quicker to use a meta-search engine than individually visiting mutiple search engines.

Amdac,

Can you provide more detail I don't quit understand what you're trying to explain.

darktiger,

embredd? Do you mean embed?

Thanks for all feedback so far please keep them coming.

Regards,
Kevin

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Old 06-24-2003, 04:17 PM
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Amdac,

Can you provide more detail I don't quit understand what you're trying to explain.
Hrm sorry about that, it seems to work now. *slaps self*

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Old 06-24-2003, 04:27 PM
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Yes, I understand that its a Meta search engine, but its speed should be able to compete with big name engines too

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Old 06-24-2003, 04:45 PM
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yeah, sorry for my spelling... yeah if you plan to go big time, should think about api's and a way for visitors to add their site to your own db.

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Old 06-24-2003, 08:43 PM
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silock,

We are always looking to reduce search time, whether it's coding or harward. In coding, it's hard to make it any faster since we have already optimized everything to its max. However, we sure need a server upgrade. Our current box is relatively slow compared to the latest generation of computing power. But as of right now, we are unable to afford an upgrade to see how fast our engine can go.

darktiger,

Right now ZapMeta is purely a meta-search engine, we don't accept url submissions.


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Old 06-27-2003, 02:43 AM
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I like the design, however there is alot of meta-search engines out there already...

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Old 06-27-2003, 04:49 AM
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Really nice search engine. Everything is fine. Just keep improving speed, usability, simplicity, etc. Good Luck! and good job!

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Old 07-07-2003, 12:43 AM
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IBanners,

We recently discovered a problem that slowed the engine down a bit. It's fixed so tell me if you can see a difference between the two versions.

Faster Version
http://www.zapmeta.com

Old Slower Version
http://www.zapmeta.com/index2.shtml

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