Introducing my new favourite search site
24 December, 2006 Leave a comment
Here’s a nifty search site that I reckon is worth you checking out and using: SearchMash.com. Possibly the best reason is that it’s actually operated by Google and is their little sandbox to test interface ideas. Not only will you get good results, but there’s some nice extras built in, and taken out!
With SearchMash you currently get ad-free results (sweet!) with extra searches on the side for images, blogs, videos and Wikipedia links – initially hidden, but expandable via some nice AJAX functionality. Instead of opening new pages for extra results, clicking the “more web results” at the bottom of the page loads the next 10 results below and auto-scrolls the page. Want to try a different search term while on a results page? – simply start typing and it will be entered in the search box, even if your cursor isn’t there. Note there’s no “search” button so just hit [enter] after typing your query. Another option currently available is to hide the results details and just display the titles as links. And in true Google style, the site is Clean and fast.
It will be interesting to see what, if any, features that are tested there eventually get incorporated into Google.com. In the meantime, I give it ‘two thumbs up’ and plan to use it for my web searches.