My 10 Favorite Search Engines for 2009 – Part II

My 10 Favorite Search Engines for 2009 – Part II

kloutName: Klout


Why I like it: Love Twitter or hate it, you can’t escape it. One characteristic that I do find valuable is knowing who the most influential Twitterers are, and so Klout searches that for you. My score is a 28.68 in the Casual quadrant whereas buddy Phil Bradley is a 35.49 in the Personal quadrant. What’s your Klout score?



Why I like it: We’ll look at newspapers in a moment, but with all of the press that they get, sometimes the “digitalization” of magazines is overlooked. Maggwire indexes over 600 magazines in a slick, well designed site that lets you smoothly search through thousands of current articles.

2009-12-31_2129Name: Pillbox


Why I like it: Here’s a search engine that will save lives. If someone arrives unconscious at the hospital ER with a bottle of pills with no label, the staff can look up the pill(s) by shape, size, imprinting, scoring, color, etc. and then proceed to search for the right drug. This is truly our tax dollars at work.

2009-12-31_2132Name: Ray-o-gram


Why I like it: Ideally, a search engine should conform to your wishes, and not make you conform to some awkward UI. My dream news search engine would deliver the front page of every major newspaper free to my door every morning, with a link to the website if I want to perform a search. That’s exactly what Rayogram news does, and it’s one search engine that everyone should open every morning.

taggalaxyName: Tag Galaxy


Why I like it: Tag Galaxy is a German search engine for Flickr photos developed by a graduate student for a school project. No VC funding! Be sure to click, drag, and double-click everything until you learn how to explore the galaxy. This visualization is the most other worldly creative that I have ever seen, and I’ve seen hundreds. If you can, try it on the largest screen that you can find in a dark room.

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Happy New Year,

Charles Knight, editor

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