Thursday, May 18th, 2006
Creativity is required for all web applications these days – everyone wants to find the “next big thing” when it comes to the interface for their site. They want to make people stop, look, and stick around for a while when they see how their site works. One such site, Snap.com is taking this kind of approach with their site – a search engine seeking to provide a bit more information about the pages in your results – all with a good helping of Ajax to give it power.
From the start, the site hits you with Ajax in the form of a “Google suggest” style search box containing some of the popular topics under your search. The select an option from the drop-down or hit the submit button to be taken to your search results and be greeted with a fast-loading page displaying all of the results in a two-pane layout. On the left, the list of site matches for your search term, and on the right, a preview pane showing a cached image of the site you’ve selected. Clicking on the cached image loads the updated site inside the pane (or there’s an option for a new window as well).
It’s an interesting concept for a search engine, but I’m not sure I would be able to use it on a daily basis. Yes, I’ve been spoiled by Google and it’s clean look and simple, easy-to-use interface to move to something that makes me feel more confined than anything. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very impressive interface, and the use of Ajax (and other technologies) is impressive and nice and non-obtrusive, but it might just be too much visually.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:14 am