Searchles : Tags, Video, Bookmarks and Group Searching from Dumbfind
In what appears to be a strange hybrid of Digg, Friendster and Flickr influenced tagging, Dumbfind has launched yet another thought provoking search engine service, Searchles (search + circles = Searchles). Pronounced “circles”, Searchles is a search platform centered on social groups and networking, not individuals (as most personalized search services would be) and its technology will soon be integrated within the Dumbfind search engine.
Searchles asks users to register, connect by inviting friends or joining groups, and then contribute to their tagged searchable database of shared media by bookmarking information found online. At first glance, Searchles seems to be Yahoo MyWeb or del.icio.us to the next degree. If you’re into video uploading and sharing of information on the web, you’ll probably enjoy Dumbfind’s new offering.
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The developers of Searchles have also achieved full integration with YouTube so when you tag a video from YouTube or Google Video, the video is automatically integrated into the Searchles site. Your friends won’t have to leave the site to watch your favorite videos. They are integrated directly into search results.
Here is a comprehensive list of features you will find at Searchles.com:
– Automatic integration of YouTube and Google Videos
– Personal Flash tag clouds you can install on your MySpace page
– Create groups on any topic to share URL’s with like minded people
– Discuss URL’s with friends
– Save URL’s to Searchles that are accessible from anywhere
– Tag URL’s for easy recall
– Searchles automatically downloads documents and indexes them for maximum searchiness
– Connect with your friends and URL’s will be automatically shared
“Words and tags have no credibility unless they are backed up by someone you know. We created Searchles to put users in control of their search experience and to let them harness the collective brainpower of their peers,” said Chris Seline, CEO and founder of Searchles and Dumbfind. “I was also tired of getting swamped with emails from friends on every subject that interested them. Now, I will just go to their profile and check out what they are doing.”
Being that Searchles is so into YouTube video and a little bit hard to get at first, I’d suggest they upload a video to YouTube on how to use Searchles, then bookmark and tag it within their site for a firsthand account on how or why to use the service.