Less than a month ago I wrote about a new meta search engine called Younanimous that aggregated search results from Google, Yahoo!, and MSN. With each search result it would list the position on each particular search engine as well as the PageRank and Alexa Rank.
Younanimous has since been renamed to AfterVote and includes a lot of great customization options. In the upper-right you’ll see a “Settings” link that will give you a wealth of settings that you can configure to your liking. Among the options you’ll find things like creating your own whitelist/blacklist of URL’s and domains, add/remove plug-ins for various services, and even choose how to weight the three different search engines.
Above is a screenshot of what it looks like to choose the weights from the various search services. Since I prefer Google I put the weight of Yahoo! and MSN all the way down. I’m sure you’re asking yourself why I would even use this search engine if all I want to search is Google? Well, it is really nice being able to get the Alexa Ranks and PageRank for each search result without needing any additional tools to do so. There are also a bunch of other plug-ins that you can have AfterVote add to each search result:
This makes it really easy to, for example, bookmark a result on your Del.icio.us account or find out Whois information on the domain. People normally download extensions for Firefox in order to put these things in search engine results, but AfterVote incorporates them right into the site.
There is still one thing that is holding me back from using AfterVote more often. You can’t actually customize how many results show up on each page. On Google I have it setup to display 100 results per page which makes my browsing a lot more efficient. I don’t think AfterVote has to go as high as 100 because I typically look at a maximum of 50, but being able to see more than 10 results would definitely help.
Even if they did add that option I would still only use the service from time to time because of the few extra seconds it takes to load the results. I understand that it has to query Google, Yahoo!, and MSN to get the results and process them, but the few extra seconds makes a big difference when I’m looking to get an answer quickly.
AfterVote is on the right track for making the best meta search engine available, and I’m sure they will attract a pretty large number of visitors if they push to get the word out.
Thanks for the tip Chris!