Searching though visual maps

May 15th, 2007 at 12:00 am
 


Kartoo.com is a meta-search engine that uses a visual map to display the search results. The flash based interactive map is the key element that differentiates the search engine from others like it. Once users typed in their query, Kartoo will draw the interactive map, with each result indicating related results by means of connecting lines. Moreover, when you put your mouse on an object in the map, you will find that the text detail and a home-page preview of the highlighted item will be shown on the left pane of the window. While on the right, you'll see the “Sponsored” content related to the search.

The site has been around for a while. It was founded in 2001 by Laurent Baleydier. The site has grew and improved in the last few years. Alexa has currently set a Traffic Rank of 52,001 for Kartoo.com. The site was doing far better in 2002 and 2003 in terms of traffic. Since then however, the site lost and continue to lose site traffic based on Alexa's traffic graph.

To think that Kartoo's smooth, unique and great interface should have appealed to a lot of researchers. It's definitely not a boring search engine. However, the text based search engines still outperforms Kartoo in terms of speed and feedback. This realization might have drawn serious researchers away from the site leaving only the curious ones as the main users of Kartoo.