Thursday, July 31, 2008

Deefbox is an useful tool for websites....

Deefbox is a simple but very important tool from CQsight. This tool would help us (site owners) to understand in real time on how useful our site is to others.

In other terms it would help us to understand the search pattern of the users and whether what they came looking for is available in our site or not.

Setting up the tool is pretty simple. Just follow up the instructions given here

After you signup and setup the script in your site periodically watch out the dashboard which they would provide you in cQsight to understand your visitors usage pattern.

I don't want to write a tutorial for this tool :) instead would like people to try it out themself and see how simple and powerful the tool is.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cuil Search Engine ...

By this time you would have heard about 'Cuil' - a search engine developed by ex-top engineers of Google. I tried our few searches in that and as of now I am not pleased with the search results.

I came to know from their site that "Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge"

1. Search Result looks like a news site. This is not a complaint :) May be I am used to the search results page template used by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft. But I like this Cuil result template as well.

2. As usual I tried searching for my name ('Vadivel') and found that Cuil wasn't able to find my blog (atleast it was not available within the first two pages) whereas Google was able to show my blogspot in the first page itself. I even tried changing the search string as Vadivel Blogspot still it wasn't able to pickup!

3. If a search string has multiple meanings they provide those options as a menu style. For ex: Find attached the screenshot which I took by searching SQL

4. Explore by category option also seems to be cool!

Overall the presentation of the result is impressive but accuracy of the results aren't that satisfactory. So i feel its too early to say Cuil is a Google killer!