Visual search, cloud search, tag search, and a host of other
names for relatively new search technologies that let you see your results and
terms differently than your average search engine.
I use them to brainstorm, to find new terms easily, to see if
any one place (not possible) can bring in focused results that match what my brain
is asking of me. That’s why I’m really gungho about search, but more gungho about
the human mind and its potential. We’re not going the way of human power plant in
The Matrix any time soon… Thankfully.
The bigger or bolder the keyword/term that appears in the
cloud, the more relevant it is to your query (in principle). Then the terms
that are also larger have, supposedly, a stronger relationship to that term you
typed in. If you click on another term
it becomes the dominant term or takes you to that search result page. Each engine
works just a bit differently, of course.
I’ve listed out my favorites here. There are others and I’d love
to hear from you about which ones you love and why. You can email me at q4sales
at gmail dot com or you can use the contact button above.
To be clear, I’m not talking about image search with these visual
search engines – I’m talking about search with results displayed visually, in a
cloud, or in tags, or in some cases as an image or snapshot of the website home
page itself. Searchme is a powerful example of this last idea. It is almost too
much information if you let the thing scroll quickly. It is unbelievable to me.
Clusty search is cool, but in their Clusty Labs they offer a
visual search tool. It brings back the terms in a box. We’re toying with embedding
this in some of the private pages we create for clients as a way to put all the
cool tools in one place.
All of these have potential to change the way you research ideas
and concepts for your business and marketing efforts.