A long time ago, I had written a script that kind of did was Soovle does. It’s just that Soovle does it so much better.
It was based on the premise that if searching on one search engine was good then searching on more than one can be better.
So, let’s say you’re interested in finding out more about “Winnipeg”, you can give it a shot here.
The blank screen when you land looks like this.
But, start doing a search and watch them all come to life. So, it’s off to Winnipeg we go…
Results from all of the search engines are populated as you type. It’s kind of neat to play with your arrow keys to rotate the results and check them out.
There are more tips in the secret link in the top right. If you don’t like the default choices of search engines or layout, the engines link let you customize things.
When you find a search of interest, clicking on it will take you to the result in the search engine selected.
But wait, there’s more. Before Lisa and Aviva jump in with suggestions on media literacy … it’s an interesting comparison between search engines to see what they return. I’ve mentioned before that it’s frustrating when a student finds what they’re looking for in the first page of results from a Google Search. This is a powerful visual reminder that that is but one way to search.
If you live in Winnipeg right now, I would imagine that knowing when and where the Grey Cup Parade happens would be a significant thing. What search engine has the same priority? Why isn’t that the first result from them all? Can you make them all return information about the parade?
The more you know, the better a researcher you’ll be.