SearCheck Help and Examples
Examples of usage
> Use Crl-Left Mouse to open a link in a new Tab or new Browser window
> Click on demo link on the top of the main page to step through examples
> Click on a SearCheck logo to reload a front page
> Put a mouse over buttons to see what they do
If you know exactly what kind of information you are looking for
("compiler error -255", or "who was 3rd president of US"),
then nothing beats using Google, Yahoo or MSN/Live. The following
example is for a different scenario. You only have a vague understanding
of the answer and looking for 'keywords' or tags to narrow/clarify your search.
This is more of iterative information mining process, rather than simple phrase lookup.
What if you are not sure about validity of information, for example,
flu diagnosis, or any medical information?
As a test case, lets imagine that I want to start a software company
and I am looking for a good startup idea. I choose Google and del.icio.us
as my source of information and enter a query
for a 'startup idea'.
Both sides give me a big of choice of opinions and reviews, some useless, like 'Work At Home Ideas',
others more educational.
I am looking for something more defined, more focused, yet I don't know what.
This is exactly the case where del.icio.us shines. Notice the list of "related tags"
up top of del.icio.us results. I find one interesting tag "web2" and add it to my query,
startup idea web2.
Now, the narrowed search gives me interesting and very focused
result on delicious site
TechCrunch >> Companies I'd like to Profile (but don't exist)
. This is close enough, allegedly, to what I was looking for and good enough to recommend for actual reading.
- To dig deeper for more information, choose the idea you like the most and type the string as it appears in the link into "Google/Yahoo/MSN".
That's the result the
'Online File Storage'
- In this case... get a second opinion. Pull out results from
two independent sources and compare. Here is an example of looking for
accross three Medical Search Engines.
Examples (some rather extreme) of Search Engine Comparison
Some of the examples were created using Google coop
(Custom Search Engine) to demonstrate the ability to polarize Internet information universe
into separate worlds. They were not created to offend or insult anyone.
Those are just tools.
Please view the following examples with this in mind.
- Compare google-translated front pages of Chinese, Russian or Arabic News with Western Media.
- Compare Google Image vs Google in China searches for 'Tiananmen Square' images.
- Compare 'exact' search engines (when you know what you are
looking for, Google, live.com, Ask.com, Yahoo) with fuzzy, semantic search sites (del.icio.us, Technorati). This example deals with finding romantic hotel in London.
Delicious third entry is recommendation for affordable hotels with reviews, whereas Google first page filled with luxury, expensive hotel links. Ask.com works a bit better. It
offers review on the first page.
- Compare opinions from most fresh baked search engines (still in beta) with Google on a subject of "best search engine".
- Worst Ever Search Engine answer to the meaning of life
- Atheist vs Religious Explorer definition of 'Standard Model'
- Islamic and Jewish Search Engine results on kidnapping.
- See these and more examples by clicking demo link up top.
More to follow...