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    Searchme.com - The Google Killer?

    SearchMe.com - I saw this site posted somewhere and thought it was pretty interesting.

    It's a 'visual search engine' - watch the video and you'll know what I mean.

    Very cool concept if done properly, I can imagine it must be pretty resource intensive though.

    Basically you search for a term and you can browse through the results, but you are able to see what's on the homepage before you click through to the website.

    Also, it will give you categories to choose from, example from their video: If you search for diamond back, before bringing you to the results you can choose from a category, such as: Rattlesnake/insects, bicycles, racing, etc.
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    I would think more highly of it if it didnt look like I was flipping through pages on an iPhone.

    I'd be interested to see if its actually an interactive web page that you are viewing or simply a screenshot of the page.

    Something like a CoolIris type of thing, but within a webpage/search engine. That way you could actually select text and scroll up and down and stuff.
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    There will be issues for international users where internet connection is not good.
    Loading screenshot image may take few seconds to a minute, and people will go away.
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    I think sites like this will get a certain amount of interest. I know that ask.com has been advertising a lot recently and seems to have some reasonably cool features - i'm just too google loyal...would like to try this site for real though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by masfenix View Post
    "searchme it"..

    nah dosnt work as opposed to "google it"
    Thats a very good point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich - Elief View Post
    Very cool concept if done properly, I can imagine it must be pretty resource intensive though.
    Must be Flash-based. While nice eye candy, I don't see its mass appeal.

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    Not a bad idea. I like being able to flick through a bunch of sites, without having to visit them.
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    It's selling point is the UI and it is a matter of time for others, including Google, to copy it if there is demand for it.

    But what others will find it hard to copy is the data-mining algorithm. Users want accurate results and that's the most important thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellind2 View Post
    It's selling point is the UI and it is a matter of time for others, including Google, to copy it if there is demand for it.

    But what others will find it hard to copy is the data-mining algorithm. Users want accurate results and that's the most important thing.
    lol, that Algorithm can't be all that great. Most things I search on ANY forum let alone Google return nothing but Adsense spam article websites now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellind2 View Post
    . . . Users want accurate results and that's the most important thing.
    Yep, this is how Google rose to dominance. Nothing flash, but just good search results.
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    The image slideshow is a good idea. However, I like the categorize ideas way better.

    For example, If I want to search for "match" ratio, I can select so instead of having to go through all sites with the word ratio.

    I can see google going that way too (categorizing search results).

    I tried to register and still haven't received an invitation.

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    2 years, and few hundred million dollars later:

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    6 months, and several dozen (possibly hundreds) scam/phishing look-a-like SEO promoted sites later.

    SearchMe.com - Bailed out of the Red being bought by Google
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    Using the beta, pretty interesting. Great idea, just depends on what you are searching for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan - Limestone View Post
    . . . SearchMe.com - Bailed out of the Red being bought by Google
    They did the same for youtube.
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    Google is best. I don't why you are comparing this one

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    They might even be a little ahead of Google here, in the evolution of how we use search on the internet, although obviously their search results are currently nowhere near the quality of Google's.

    Google's search is textually based, and that is fine, for now, whereas this new service is visual based results. I wouldn't be surprised if Google evolved their search into something more visual in the coming years. It's not going to stay text based results forever.
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    I put my email in their last night and received the beta invite today, after playing around with it for about 30 minutes all I have to say is WOW.

    I expected the results to take time to load all the images, but it is VERY quick. Everything loads for me in 1-2 seconds, though for those with dial-up or slower connections you might run into some problems, right?...wrong. There's also a toggle display(pictures attached) which you can show both text and images, and as you scroll through with the scroll bar the text goes along with it.

    They need the spiders to crawl more frequently, it does seem to show relevant results and I like the categories feature, but the images seem to be outdated. When searching for "elief.com" it shows the page we had up 2-3 months ago.

    Another thing that I don't like is you can't open multiple websites in tabs with firefox. You have to go back to the search engine if you want to go to another website, rather then opening several at once.

    My rating: 7/10 - If they improve how many spiders they have crawling, come up with a better searching algorithim, and allow you to open multiple websites I would give it a 9/10.(Google, to me, is 8/10)
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    google will NEVER fall to a company like this, they will buy em or heck... even kill em lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob View Post
    Not a bad idea. I like being able to flick through a bunch of sites, without having to visit them.
    I've been doing that with Cooliris
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    I like it, I got on instantly and did a search for catfish. My site came up near the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catfished View Post
    I like it, I got on instantly and did a search for catfish. My site came up near the top.
    Haha love the tagline Ed

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    eye candy for sure but it will last a very short time...when the novelty factor wears off.

    what serious person is going to change from using google or even yahoo or msn for that matter? I'd say not many at all.

    maybe they'll improve it drastically.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob View Post
    They might even be a little ahead of Google here, in the evolution of how we use search on the internet, although obviously their search results are currently nowhere near the quality of Google's.

    Google's search is textually based, and that is fine, for now, whereas this new service is visual based results. I wouldn't be surprised if Google evolved their search into something more visual in the coming years. It's not going to stay text based results forever.
    Yeah, but Seachme has ways to go to develop their search engine to rival Google. In my experience, Google still has better search results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daejuanj View Post
    In my experience, Google still has better search results.
    Google gives you lots and lots of results, but not necessarily better search results. It's not easy "researching" the results list to actually get what you're looking for.

    Essentially, search engines are about volume and about getting a list of probable answers to your search. It's very intimidating when that list might be in the millions of sites. Never mind that a lot of the items on the list might be the same site listed over and over again.

    So, could somebody actually list a number of things about how a search engine should really function? Thus far we've accepted google and all the others and the way they function. We've become content with the way they function. But, something better needs to come along; and something better will come along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daejuanj View Post
    Yeah, but Seachme has ways to go to develop their search engine to rival Google. In my experience, Google still has better search results.
    Of course they have a loooooooooooooong way to go to develop their SE and I don't think it would ever rival Google, and noone is saying their results are as good as Google's.

    Here's your "pointing out the obvious" award.
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    Nothing will compare to google.. they are pioneers in web search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WePayYouProfit View Post
    Nothing will compare to google.. they are pioneers in web search.
    Google was not the "pioneer" in search engines.

    If they are to claim the title to anything it is the title of "one of the better mouse traps".

    Before Google there were other search engines: Google and Yahoo and others just made search engines more popular and more powerful.

    But, even though Google is the bigger player in search engines, it doesn't do anything that the other big players are not capable of doing.

    In all cases, the search engine technology leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to accurate searches and better targeting for searches.

    Something better is bound to come along, if not from Google then from others, and not necessarily from the big players that currently dominate the search engine arena.

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    Very cool idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorno View Post
    Google gives you lots and lots of results, but not necessarily better search results. It's not easy "researching" the results list to actually get what you're looking for.
    Whether it's easy or not is debatable. But Google does give better results if you know how to utilize it. If you give broad terms, then of course you're going to get a lot of results. This is why you have to learn how to properly search and narrow your terms down. I use Google to find everything, from websites to local restaurants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daejuanj View Post
    Whether it's easy or not is debatable.
    What's to debate. Search engines, including Google are designed to produce huge lists of "probable" targets for the topic or subject being searched. The giant search engines pride themselves in producing massive "results" lists. That is not a good way to get to the information that the searcher had in mind.


    But Google does give better results if you know how to utilize it.
    No it doesn't. I may give you a large number of results, but a huge number of those results are the same sites repeated many times. Not good at all.

    If you give broad terms, then of course you're going to get a lot of results.
    The problem is not just in the broad terms that people enter. The problem is also with the lack of capability of the search engines to give people the capability of narrowing down their searches. For example, if I had an idea of approximately the date of the information that I am seeking, then I'd like to have that capability and perhaps the number of results could be narrowed down dramatically. As an example, people should be able to search using categories, topics/subjects, dates (and date ranges), names, etc. A search engine should be capable of conducting searches using any and all combinations of that criteria.

    This is why you have to learn how to properly search and narrow your terms down. I use Google to find everything, from websites to local restaurants.
    That is the problem. The search engines have "dictated" how searches will be conducted and the people will have to comply. What about input from the people about what they expect from a search engine and what about how it should conduct those searches?

    Most IT projects start out with specifications from the client. Search engines start out by "dictating" to the clients how they will use the company's search engine. The customer is dependent on what the search engine company dictates rather than the company listening to what the customer wants or needs. We, the customer, have been conditioned to doing things the way the search engines work. But, it should be the other way around.

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    I think it's a neat concept. I think we all know it takes more then a cool interface to beat Google.

    What I think is great is that it shows that people are still working hard to evolve every aspect of the internet and are not willing to accept that there is only one search engine or one way to do things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WePayYouProfit View Post
    Nothing will compare to google.. they are pioneers in web search.
    Ahhh no, they came late to the search party actually, but just made a better search engine.
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