Whonu.com, meta-search engine

March 21st, 2007 at 12:00 am

Search engines are becoming more and more savvy by the minute. Whonu.com is one of them. A semantic web search engine, Whonu was built to integrate in a single interface all the great search engines out there. Website creator and developer Derek Franklin envisioned the Whonu interface as a powerful tool for researching, discovery and to gather ideas across the web.

Whonu is a search engine that taps Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, as well as other search engines that offer unique, highly specialized or simply amazing technologies and services. It functions like any other search engine, you enter a query in the Whonu's main search bar and you view the results. However, Whonu has been integrated with a great Flash based interface and wonderful tools that contextualize your search, providing options that will maximize search results.

For example, Whonu is associated to more than 300 search commands or sources. You can choose to search either one of these commands allowing you to narrow down your sources. For example, if you're searching for information about the movie 300, you choose the movietrivia search command which limits your search results to trivia and other information about the movie, or you could enter the YouTube command which will bring you to a listing of videos about the movie on YouTube.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is the category search functionality of Whonu. When you open the website, these are the icons on the lower section of the interface. Category search icons allow users to search for all sorts of related information about a query such as images, music, FAQs, forms or documents, podcasts, news information and so on. All you need is to place your mouse over the icon and click which category search you want to use.

Actually, it took me quite a while before I get to know how to maneuver myself around the site. Its not that the interface is difficult to understand, it's just that the functions and tools are so varied that it is really worth giving each one adequate attention.