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Introduction

SearchCrystal was a Flash-based "suite of tools to support users in exploratory search and search analytics" created by Dr. Anselm Spoerri of Rutgers University, but the Searchcrystal website no longer appears to be available.[1] A post at the Google Operating System blog describes the following features of Searchcrystal:[2]

  • A visualization of search results where results common to more search engines are placed closer to the center of circle
  • Special icons that represent different search engines.
  • Besides web results, view results for images, videos, news, blog posts, tags, MashUps, and Wikipedia.
  • View all top results in a single page.
  • Embed Searchcrystal as a widget.

A post at the Simple Complexity blog quotes Dr. Spoerri about Searchcrystal functionality:[3]

You can embed searchCrystal as a Widget on your site or blog to share personalized crystals with your friends. You can also use it to find out what is popular on Wikipedia or use the Search Analytics Toolbox in your browser. searchCrystal enables you to see the big picture, gain new insights and interact with search results in new ways. You can explore and filter 50 – 500 web pages, images, videos, blogs in a single display that guides you toward relevant information in a structured way.


Sources

  1. Spoerri, Anselm. "Research." Dr. Spoerri personal page at Rutgers website, http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~aspoerri/Research.htm. Accessed August 24, 2011.
  2. Chitu, Alex. "SearchCrystal - Visual Meta Search." Google Operating System blog, http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/07/searchcristal-visual-meta-search.html. Accessed August 24, 2011.
  3. Levene, Neal. "searchCrystal – Visualize Search." Simple Complexity blog, http://simplecomplexity.net/searchcrystal-visualize-search/. Accessed August 24, 2011.

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