This site has been around for awhile now, but I was recently reminded of it when a colleague was asking for the best place to buy books online for Australia; Booko is a very simple and easy to use price comparison for purchasing books in Australia. The search engine will retrieve results from over 30 common online booksellers — including Amazon, Fishpond, The Nile, Booktopia, Borders, QBD, The Co-op, and many more — and order the results based on the price of the book and the estimated delivery cost.
Check out Booko at http://www.booko.com.au/
Coming to the end of 2005 Google has released information about the top searches made this year. For a more detailed analysis visit “2005 Year-End Google Zeitgeist“.
Top 10 searches:
1. Janet Jackson
2. Hurricane Katrina
4. xbox 360
5. Brad Pitt
6. Michael Jackson
7. American Idol
8. Bristney Spears
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Harry Potter
Google has released another addition to their growing empire, Google Blog Search (yes it is a beta).
IceRocket is a new privately owned metasearch engine. Although icerocket doesn’t have it’s own robot (software which searches a site for links and then follows all the links, gathering data and expanding its search engine database), it does utilise the power of other search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Temoa, Altavista, AllTheWeb, Looksmart and many more widely used search engines.
You may be thinking, wow another search engine, big deal. However, as this is a privately owned metasearch engine, there are some distinct advantages which this presents. At present some of these advantages include:
- No false search placements due to paying sites given higher placement.
- More search engines being used, giving a greater chance of finding what you want.
- Great features, such as an image search facility similar to googles.
- Future tools such as toolbars to allow easy and efficient searching.