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May 26, 2005

Another cool search engine

I heard about another great search engine through the Internet TOURBUS. This one calls itself a "visual meta search engine" and has all the visual benefits of Grokker, but does a better job of naming the categories and provides them to you as both a visual graphic and as a list.

It's called KartOO, and it's got lots of bells and whistles, but many are presented in an understated way so they don't distract from the information.

When you type in a search, like "Bayesian data analysis", you get a graphic on the right and a list on the left. In the graphic, the larger the page icons, the more relevant the search. Icons are color coded for source type (.net, .com), and tell you if the page is a web page, a home page, a file (like PDF, Excel, or Word), or multiple web pages affiliated with a single site. Turning your attention to the list, you can further refine your search by clicking on any of the subheadings or categories that were identified by the meta search.

Another cool thing is that in most instances you're not limited to just one graphic -- to just one representation of the search results. At the lower right-hand corner of the graphic is a link to display the next map, which gives you another categorization scheme of the same search.

They also provide a toolbar you can download, but it only works for Internet Explorer.

Give it a try and see what you think!

Posted by rigd0003 at May 26, 2005 5:11 PM | Cool web stuff


This post was a godsend - I clicked through to Tourbus where I found a search engine that accepts regular expressions! w00t!

Also, whichbook is awesome and so is that trike/bike.

Posted by: nathan at June 10, 2005 12:13 PM