Sneak Peak: First 250 Readers Get to Test Visual Search Engine Viewzi
If you’re tired of viewing your search results as blue links on a white page, then you might want to give Viewzi a test drive.
The "visual" search engine is still in closed beta, but the first 250 Marketing Pilgrim readers to sign-up with the code "pilgrim" will get access to the search engine before anyone else.
What will you find behind the beta curtain?
Actually a pretty cool and intuitive way of searching and viewing results. For example, a search for "Barack Obama" brings up a "cover flow" style interface with viewing options that include:
- Video x3 View – dozens of relevant videos appear on your screen.
- Celebrity Photo View – looks like a cyber scrapbook of Obama photos.
- Amazon Book View – brings up Obama’s books complete with reviews and summaries
- Wide Screenshot View – browse Yahoo’s search results by viewing screenshots not links
- Reuters News View – simple, relevant news about Obama.
- Many more views
Why would you use Viewzi? The Viewzi homepage shares its "vision" about "views."
It’s about Views
Humans think in pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words then Viewzi’s rich, visual Views are worth a million searches. But don’t think of us as yet another visual search engine. It’s more than just pictures, it’s about visually presenting your results in the context of what you are searching for.
Some views are more utilitarian and pull from broad sources like Google or Yahoo!, while others can be tailored for a specific topic like world news, celebrity gossip, or gadgets. This means your results are right for your search. No more sifting through millions of results.
Viewzi is definitely worth checking out. The way it displays results is refreshing and I found myself caught up in my searching–it’s almost as addictive as StumbleUpon. It probably won’t replace the quick, simple efficiency of Google, but it might just make your list of alternative search tools.
(Remember, only the first 250 get a sneak peak. If you sign-up, come back and tell me what you think of it.)