Since I am doing research on search, I thought I would create a list of interesting search-based web sites here, with individual blog entries describing each site and why they are interesting. Here is a starting list, which, of course, will be added to as I discover more interesting sites.
- Searchme.com – visual search interface reminiscent of iPod Touch album covers (or, rather, the other way around)
- New York Times – search-based editorial pages (topic pages) (conversational interface)
- Times of London – search-based editorial pages (topic pages) defined by user (conversational interface)
- Yahoo Mindset – intent-driven (or rather, intent-revealing) interface for product search. This is no longer available, but this blogpost has an explanation and a graphic of the "intent slider".
Rich media search
- SnapTell – instant product identification from mobile photo
- TinEye – image-matching search (great service, but unfortunately the index is rather small)
- Shazam – music-matching search for mobile phones (not quite query by humming, but close…) See article in CACM.
- Indian search engines: asklaila.com (local search)
- Chinese search engines: Baidu (a serious competitor to Google)
- Sesam.no search engine: Specializing in Norwegian content not easily available on Google, such as relationships between people.
- OpenCalais – metadata generator, useful for understanding how machines read your text
… more to come …
By all means – feel free to make suggestions!