Viewzi – another visual search engine.

A new visual search engine called Viewzi was recently released. Viewzi opens up to a clean interface with a search box. When you enter a term your results page looks like this; 

First view

The search term I used was deforestation and 15 possible windows presented themselves for opening. Some less useful than others.

There are a variety of mediums for you to select from; Simple Text view with rankings from Alexa, 4 sources view which searches Ask, Google, MSN and Yahoo, MP3 files, video files, Reuter’s News view,  Web screenshot view, Google and Yahoo, and many others including photo sites, Amazon and even cookbooks!

The Web screenshot view allows you to view the page without opening it allowing you to gauge the “feel” of the site.

Search result

I like the 4 sources view that showed the differences between the search engine, Ask, Google, MSN and Yahoo. 

Four views

 Here’s what the page looks like when you select video files;

Video files results

 You can remove tags from the results page and this will eliminate videos that are tagged with that term. A good visual way of teaching students how you can narrow a search according to key words you use. You can find out the details of the video when the cursor is over the image. YouTube and veoh videos are static images but the Blinx ones run through quickly, allowing you to get a feel for them without viewing them in earnest. 

 There’s no doubt this is a “busy” search engine with so many options. This may be a bit overwhelming for young searchers. However I do think it’s another great way to demonstrate to our students that there is more out there than Google, their usual default search engine of choice.

This is only a Beta version at the moment and the results you get may be a bit hit and miss at this stage but no doubt time will see it continue to develop and it has the potential to become something great. The engagement factor that can get our students excited about search and may go a long way toward leading them to new learning opportunities that they may have missed if they’d just scanned through the first page of results from their text based search engine. 

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One Response

  1. Visual search engine already exists, it is only for kids ))
    http://www.aga-kids.com/visual/search.php?query=kids&search=1

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