Two Flashy search engines vie for eyeballs

What if you were presented with the challenge of grabbing a piece of the search engine pie? Two development teams approached the challenge with the same programming application and produced results that could not be any more different. First on the scene (by several years) is the people at KartOO Technologies. Their search program can be found at

Click for a larger graphicThese folks specialize in organizing information visually. In the example to the right, I searched for “SAT testing.” The results are plotted out as though they were clusters of information islands. I then moved my mouse over a word in the middle of several islands (“offers”). The modifier showed up in the search box, and the items related to “offers” are highlighted and joined by curved lines. It’s a clever way to parse through popular ways that pages are related — all in a visually entertaining (well, as least intriguing) experience.

Entertainment is definitely the goal of this most recent competitor in the search engine category. I won’t add to the din of bloggers commenting on Ms. Dewey ( All I will say about this comely peer of the late Jeeves (of is she is the most video-centric — and talkative — search experience you are likely to find. And the developers? None other than Microsoft Live Search.

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Two Macromedia Flash search engines deliver two extremely different experiences. Which is more successful?

2 thoughts on “Two Flashy search engines vie for eyeballs”

  1. is anyone really using Live? haha

    I would think they would have to come out with something like Ms. Dewey or even more to get the traffic that yahoo or G is getting. Interesting to see Flash browsers though.

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