Tired of using archaic Notepad? Google Squared too complicated or time consuming? Try Yahoo! Search Pad.
Yahoo! (news, site) released their new tool to the public earlier this week. A search and note taking mashup designed to follow your train of thought, Search Pad is like your own personal, mind-reading assistant.
Yahoo! is no stranger to innovative search techniques. Back in 2005-ish, for example, the company launched a “social search engine” called My Web. The tool allowed users to search the knowledge of their friends and community in addition to the Web.
This time around the technique has nothing to do with being social (something you rarely hear these days). Search Pad is designed to stand by while you surf the Web. When it detects a trend in your searches, it begins to keep track of the sites you visit.
For example, say you’re researching a potential computer purchase. You search for computers on major sites like Bestbuy.com, Target.com and Amazon.com. Search Pad will notice the search trend and come out of hiding to ask if you’d like to begin organizing your research. If you click Yes, your last few queries will automatically show up in the text field.
From this point you can begin attaching notes to each site the tool has saved, making bibliographies a total breeze. Additionally, you can upload thumbnails or add links to your search pad, along with your own personal notes. Furthermore, if you paste a block of text from somewhere on the ‘net into the text field, Yahoo! Search Pad will automatically find the original source and ask if you’d like to add the URL to your notes as well. Check out Yahoo!'s demo video to see this baby in action.
A Better Solution?
It sounds like Yahoo! just threw a better hand on the table than it did back in '05, but whether or not it will actually get as much attention as the great Google's Google Squared remains to be seen. Google Squared is designed to search for very specific facts while Search Pad leaves which facts are important up to the user. We wonder which will be more successful.
So far, word 'round the Web is that Search Pad is getting some pretty favorable reviews and It's notable (ha) that it automatically prompts users to use the tool--a promotional tactic that will certainly get a lot of people to use the solution--but Google is still, well, Google.
What do you think?