05 August 2008

Searchme.com Assessment — Part III Image Search

The following is Part III of my searchme.com assessment, a distinctly different search engine.

Users of mid-1990’s computers or those on phone modems might not appreciate the presentation of images on searchme.com, but it’s pretty awesome. You get a browsing experience not unlike that of an iPhone.

The images are stacked in previous and next word in a fashion that resembles a rolodex. Depending on your screen resolution, you can go straight to the fifth picture to come.

Information related to each image is much more accessible to the layperson than Google. When you want to read the information, you can hover over the bottom portion of the image and an info block will rise to the occasion… literally. I didn’t try out the different screen resolution, so I can’t attest for the larger character version.

Instead of numbers, searchme uses a scale. I wonder if this will turn out to be such a good idea for once they become huge. They do, however, review all sites submitted. So unlike Google, they’ve taken a Mahalo.com approach of using humans to review sites.

The only downside with searchme.com image search is that nearly all the images are from flickr.com. The shots are great, but I want more sources. They do state that they’re just getting started, so I’m sure it will get better over time.

Check out the searchme.com Image Search tool and let me know what you think.

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