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ChaCha, a people guided search engine

ChaCha is a next generation search engine that powers people guided search. If you’re tried up with traditional search engines with over crowded results; then you may need to try out the guided search from ChaCha.

ChaCha LogoChaCha offers search paired with a real guide who can help you in figuring out your search term. With ChaCha, Search Engine market gets into Social too. In Web 2.0 world it is almost inevitable to get away from social network. ChaCha relies upon powerful guide community which round near to 20K+. The guide gets paid upto $5 per search hour which is really great.

There are couple of methods to use search on ChaCha. They have got traditional search engine is good but same as other conventional one so it does not grab user attention. The real cool service is guide driven search, via an instant message screen on the page. While the search does not provide best information on net, it was fun searching with a guide. It is kind of calling directory service for finding some information.

ChaCha Guided Search chat
Scott A. Jones, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of ChaCha Says,

“We wanted to solve the problem search engine users are experiencing with existing services – that is, the massive volume of search results they must sift through online. We’ve addressed the problem with a comfortable and familiar search experience that improves upon the shortcomings of first-generation search engines. Connecting experienced guides with those searching for information in real-time is a powerful thing and brings a whole new dimension to Internet searching.”

Why ChaCha?

From ChaCha About page,

The answer is that it has a dual meaning. First, “Cha” means “search” in Chinese. Second, the ChaCha is a popular, fast-paced dance. Therefore, we are named ChaCha because we are the only search engine that allows people seeking information to instantly connect online with live ChaCha Guides that lead them (much as they would in the dance) to the most relevant results on the Internet.

What ChaCha has to improve?

In my initial glance and experience with ChaCha, I see these are areas ChaCha should improve upon.

  1. Chacha has to rework on the entirely on it user interface. The current user interface is overloaded that does not make the navigation much easier.
  2. Over Crowded and Non-Contextual ads makes the user experience more clumsy
  3. ChaCha should develop more versatile search algorithm to guide the user with more accurate experience.
  4. ChaCha should put in more robust technology to fight abuse. TechCrunch reports 90$ of ChaCha is prankster. It should frame stong abuse policy.

I will be writing more about ChaCha guide functionality if i get a chance to be a ChaCha guide 🙂

Bottom line, search engines goes social too. :: Good bye MSN, Hello Live

Windows Live Search is the new buzz name for MSN search.

Live Search was out of beta few days back in US and UK, still awaiting the local search features made available for India. Live Search has started powering MSN homepage. There is no much talk about the new Live. I tried the new search features couple of days back.

The results were far better than last time I tried MSN Search. There is been lot improvements happening I guess 🙂

The new Windows Live Search allows for far more customization, control and accuracy than ever before and is now a lean mean searching machine with many new features such as the ability to determine how much information you want displayed on your query results and the new in-site search.

Microsoft Search has improved lot in feature-wise and is trying to capture the search engine market which is today lead by search engine giants Google and Yahoo! Free Image Search Engine

YotoPhoto is an alternative for Google Image search. YotoPhoto can be used for searching free / open images. YotoPhoto can be great resource for bloggers and designers.

I was looking for a decent image for my new design. I initially tried using Google’s Image search. I was fed up with Google, since it had a huge source and most of the decent images are copy protected as well 🙁 So I was not able to get what I wanted. Only then I came to know about the existence of image search engine where we can find free to use images.

YotoPhoto was really decent which managed to give me decent images with Creative Commons, Public Domain, GNU FDL, and various other ‘copyleft’ licenses.YotoPhoto is an image search engine with a difference. It allows you to search for free-to-use stock photographs and images.

They index various sources of free imagery on the web including Flickr, Wikipedia, Stock.Xchng, Morguefile, Pixelperfect Digital and OpenPhoto. Only photographs are indexed at this time. Other image types like maps, graphics, illustrations, 3D renderings, charts and the like are not indexed currently.

In short these are images you can use without paying anything. However an attribution may be required in some cases. They also provide a link to the type of license the image is under for convenience.

You can search by tags, keywords or by color. You can include stop words and specify image orientation. You can also combine keyword search with color attribute. YotoPhoto gives the copyright information about the image in search results which is great for Developers/ Designers etc,

Finally I got a decent image for the my new design 🙂

Kudoz to YotoPhoto!

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