Power Search


The internet is a huge place, and one may get lost when there is no direction. Also, if there is no direction, the person may wander in all the directions. Plus with the advent of so many Search Engines, be that Google, MSN, Bing, Yahoo, and many others, there are times, when these search engines are giving different / same results depending on the index that they are having.

Still, for a conscious person (surfer) who is gathering information from the web, tries to looks are all the sources, as to verify each and every results. Whenever, we do this kind of  stuff, that is, simultaneously searching on different search engines, we sometimes get lost. To overcome this problem, I developed Power Search. Yes, the idea is very similar to what Firefox offers are their search engine at the top right corner, but this one is with a twist. It is a full-blown web page, where simple information, like Chosen Search Engine and Entered Keyword is in front of the user all the time. Anytime, if there is need to change either one, it is simply a matter of few clicks.

When I developed the power search, I has no idea it will be liked by people. Now, that I have developed, and I have started using it, I asked, myself, why not public it, so that others could also benefit from it. So here I go with this post for illustrating how easy it is to search using Power Search (http://bit.ly/Power-Search).

Following are the few of the features presented in Power Search.

Weather Forecast

  1. Choose, “Weather Forecast” or “Mozilla Forecast” from the Search Engines.
  2. Type City name, example “Karachi
  3. Press ENTER. Complete Weather information will be displayed.

Search within Twitter

  1. Choose “Twitter Search (Plain)” from the search Engines
  2. type twitter username, any trending term, or a complete customized string. More on Customized String here.
  3. Press ENTER.

Search twitter for tweets from a specific user

  1. Choose “Twitter Search (Posted From)” from the search Engines
  2. type the twitter username without the @ sign.
  3. Press ENTER. It will display the most recent posts from that user.

Word Mania

Dictionary

  1. Choose “Dictionary” or “Webster” or “Urban Dictionary” from the search Engines
  2. type the word whose meaning you’ve been aching to learning
  3. Press ENTER.

Thesaurus

Thesaurus comes handy when you are looking for different words having the same meanings.

  1. Choose “Thesaurus” from the search Engines
  2. type the word whose meaning you’ve been aching to learning
  3. Press ENTER.

Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus is another fancy way to look at words.

  1. Choose “Visual Thesaurus” from the search Engines
  2. type the word whose meaning you’ve been aching to learning
  3. Press ENTER.
  4. After a few seconds, once the page is loaded, click “LOOK IT UP” to see the word associations in action.

Anagrams

Anagrams are another interesting things in Words. Anagram is the process of  moving the positions of letters in a word and forming one or more words.

  1. Choose “Anagrams (Wordsmith.org)” from the search Engines
  2. type the big word. Usually this is performed when you are looking for different combination of word.
  3. Press ENTER

Acronyms

Acronyms are the short forms of words we usually find when people who are too lazy to type the whole word. For keeping in touch with those short forms, use Acronym Finder

  1. Choose “Acronym Finder” from the search Engines
  2. Type the short form. For example, RTOFL
  3. Press ENTER

Movies (Internet Movie Database)

Where else would you be going to know about your favorite movies. Internet Movie Database.

  1. Choose “IMBD – Internet Movie Database” from the search Engines
  2. Type the short form. For example, “Matrix
  3. Press ENTER

Images

Your report is done, but you need to jazz it up with the right kind of images at the right place. Try these embedded search engines.

  1. Choose either one these
    1. Google Life Images (this will provide the older images of the searched term.)
    2. Google Images
    3. Flickr
  2. Type your report keyword. For example if you are reviewing Matrix Movie, try using Matrix, Oracle, Agent Smith.
  3. Press ENTER

Wolfram Alpha :: New Search Engine on the block.


This search Engine, “Computational Knowledge Engine” as they say, is the new search engine on the block. Quite Technical, in terms of the input, but they are targetted on providing almost all the information within one page. Comparing this search engine with google is utter stupidity. People are more accustomed to the shortcuts, lingo particular to Google. Things like

  • define: [Keyword] (Word Definations)
  • 1000 USD in PKR (currency Conversion)
  • Weather Karachi
  • so on and so forth

Wolf ram Alpha, defines their own lingo, but they give full information about any particular topic, places, or thing. For example, typing KARACHI, will provide city population, the map on world plane, current local time, current weather. Some fun things are

  • Enter your Birth date: it will informing you how old are you. Now, ladies, you do not want to try this out.
  • try using IBM GOOGLE to have comparison on their stock positions, Number of Employees, and their market standings
  • try entering “RAMADAN in 2009”, it will be COMPUTING when would ramadan starts in year 2009. Now there is no need to look at the calendar, it there.? I tried the same in google, which in turn gave me links to which I can go and then find the answer.

You can check out the examples of this search engines by going through the following URLs.

http://www19.wolframalpha.com/

http://www19.wolframalpha.com/examples/

I also liked the VISUAL GALLERY of Example

http://www19.wolframalpha.com/gallery.html

All in all, Wolf Ram Alpha, is a new kid on the block in Search Engine arena, but it should not be compared with Google / Hotmail / Yahoo. It’s a Computational Engine, as they are not an harvesting block, which indexes all the web pages. Both the search engines are like Apples and Oranges.

FYI, this Search Engine is now a part of My developed Search Engine. Head over to

http://bit.ly/kz1t0