Monday, November 21st, 2005
The Search Engine Experiment is a great idea. It searches Google, Yahoo!, and MSN in parallel, for the purpose of having you rank relevance (not to use it as a multiple search engine, there are plenty of those).
You get the results back, not knowing which match to a particular engine, and you select which results seem most relevant to you. Then the site will tell you which engine you chose.
What is interesting from an Ajax perspective is that this is a one page application.
When you do a search, it kicks off Ajax requests to the three mystery search engines, puts the results lower in the page, and sends you to the #step2 anchor. At first you may even feel like you are on another page!
Then after you choose the most relevant results, step three gets build in the page.
To do another search you just move up to the search bar again.
The look and feel is also great. Nice big buttons and inputs. Maybe that should be added to the Web 2.0 definition? “Must have big buttons” :)
Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:16 am