Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Arrington and Swisher Scooped Me on SearchMe

About a week and a half ago, I noticed my site (such as it is) was getting a bunch of hits from a crawler from something called "searchme.com."

Of course, I did a little looking around -- there wasn't much on the site at the time, and the only Web results that came up (like the Techcrunch article) referenced wiki search.

I was going to mention it, but I never got around to it.

Then, this morning, Boomtown, Techcrunch, and others of that ilk posted about it -- it's "visual search", which looks to be a Cover Flow interface over search results.

With the caveat of not having actually used it, I will say that visual search is like Snap Shots, or animated DVD menus: Seems like a cool idea, is neat for a minute or two, then gets annoying once you realize that it's not at all useful and actually gets in the way.

As to the purported "scooping" -- since I had no preview access, it's not like I had anything to report (unlike Boomtown and Techcrunch), and since I didn't attempt to do any actual investigating, it's not like I was trying to do any journalism (unlike Boomtown), but I still feel like I missed out on something.

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