Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Visual Search Engines

Sometimes a list of search results just isn't good enough. It won't show the relationships between the results or group similar results together; and it probably won't suggest more search terms. Visual search engines such as KartOO, Groxis, or Ujiko are an interesting alternative to the more traditional search engines.

If you want to try this out search "Samuel Alito" on KartOO. Notice that results are grouped together into subcategories like "court" or "nominee." So, if you really are interested in the Justice's nomination, click "nominate" and you'll get a more specific result set. If you place your mouse next to a search result (represented by a piece of paper), the realationships between the results are demonstrated. A snippet from the result page appears on the left so you can see if you're on the right track.

Just like other search engines, you'll get a few results that aren't related to your topic. This does, however, offer a different view of the Internet.