Even though Google would have to be the #1 search engine out there I’m always happy to know that there are still pioneers out there willing to grab a foothold in the search engine market. I remember way back in May of 2009 when I wrote a post called Are Google’s Day’s Numbered where I introduced my readers to a search engine of a different sort, one that has achieved a PR8 ranking which shows even Google respects it.
I Now Give To You WordOnTheWire
wordonthewire was brought to my attention by Dave McMillan, one of the developers. OK, so let’s not call it a search engine, let’s call it a ‘Web Application’, truth be told it is a truly remarkable site. Rather than rehash what it does I reckon that Dave says it best.
Basically, the app serves up the latest results from a range of trending
platforms based on a users search query. It is not intended to be an
“opposition” to Google, but rather a tool to get a quick, latest
“scoop” on a topic, and be able to easily share the results. It picks
up on your browsing language of choice, and serves up the results in
that language, making it really universal (without having to have a
unique URL for each language).
It focuses on doing all of this one page, and has a responsive layout.
We haven’t tried to over-complicate things, or serve up too many
results. It’s only version 1.2, so we have a long way to go, but we’re
obviously very keen to get it out as much as we can.
Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it. Naturally I wasn’t going to do a post without checking it out first so I headed on over and entered wassupblog as the search term. I mean why wouldn’t I want to know the results of using this this blog as a search term, if anything at all. This is what I got.
One thing I can say is it is pretty fast, the results appearing in seconds. I’m not at all fussed that it left Google out either because as far as I’m concerned life does not revolve around Google. As you can see from the image it’s pulled results from Bing, YouTube, Twitter and Bing again but this time the results are image related. The next image shows results when I typed in blogging as the search term.
What’s amazing is the YouTube results shows how to make money from your blog, it’s as though it read my mind. It’s really pretty good and the results are very interesting, especially because it gives you results from four different applications all on the same page. Honestly, you should really go on over to wordonthewire and have a little play around and then come on back to read what else Dave has to say because I had a feeling you would be interested and so I asked him a couple of followup questions.
Sire Grills Dave On wordonthewire
OK, I didn’t really grill him but I did send off a quick email asking: “Hey Dave, that looks really interesting. I’d love to do a blog post on it. Could you tell me a little more about it. You know, like what gave you the idea, how it first came about and what you expect from it. That sort of thing.” Yeah, I know, it’s not like I asked him any real specific questions but Dave responded like a real champ.
Hey Peter, thanks very much for the response. In terms of where they idea came about –
I’ve been working as a front end developer for quite a while now, so a lot of my job involves thinking of the user experience and interaction etc. We also noticed that web users are really looking for fast / intuitive ways of getting all their info. We thought that an app that gives a user a really nice overview of a certain topic, and can present it in a slick / fun to use environment, could be relevant and handy. The opportunity to expand is good too, with platforms like Pinterest etc also bringing out API’s that we could pull results from.
We realise that you could open up Google, Twitter, Facebook etc and do individual searches on a certain topic, but we wanted to create something that is fast and easy to use, and that has more of a social / sharable effect.
With wordonthewire, if you search a certain term, then Tweet or Facebook share that page, it shares a link with your search term in it so that when somebody else clicks it, they get the page with your search result. Also, all the interaction happens on one page, so you can view videos, images, tweets etc all from within your one search page (you never actually leave the home page of wordonthewire). This means not getting bounced to a whole new web page just to see your content. It’s completely self contained.
In terms of where we want to go with it, I guess right now the focus is just on growing and improving it. There could be some money in knowing what people in certain areas of searching for etc, but for now we’re just concentrating on getting users interested and making it as good as we can.
Kind regards & thanks again for the interest!
Dave, I’m sure that my readers will be interested in your fantastic ‘app’ and that more and more will come to use it as time goes by. I love it so much, especially that you can Tweet or FaceBook Like the results of your search, I’m even going to place a link to it on my blogroll because that’s what the blogroll is for, to share interesting and informative sites with your readers.
OK, guys, it’s over to you now. What did you think of it? Did you like it? If not what should the guys do to make it better? Don’t forget, they’re still developing it and so I’m sure they would love to hear what you have to say. Please share this post with your friends because the more people that know about wordonthewire the more interest there will be in it and the more interest we generate the more energised David and his business partners will be about improving it.