As people who have attended my search workshops will know, I am a great fan of customised search engines and in particular Google Custom Search Engines. LGSearch is a Google CSE set up by Dave Briggs, an independent social media consultant who works mainly with the public and third sectors, to search just UK public web sites.
The sites are broken down into the following categories:
- Local Government
- Central Government
- Police & Fire
- LG Related
- Social Media
Once you have run your search, you can select which types of sites you want to appear by selecting the appropriate category link.
Further background information is on Dave Briggs’s blog at LGSearch update.
Google’s Searchwiki sounded like a good idea at the time. Sign in with your Google account, activate Searchwki, carry out a search and you can promote, or delete entries in your results list and add comments that can be made public. So I had a go. Unfortunately, should you later want to look at the un-searchwiki’ed results list you cannot just switch it off. You have to log out of your Google account and re-run the search. What annoys me even more, though, is that it overrides my Firefox Customise Google add-on.
I like to drop in an out of my Gmail, look at Google analytics about once a day and work on my Google Custom Search Engines. So most of the time I am signed in to one of my Google accounts. I do not want to have keep logging out just to carry out an ordinary search and to be able to look at the results in the way I want. Thankfully, Google seems to have seen sense over this. Techcrunch reports that Google will be providing a add a toggle button to allow users to turn the feature off, possibly in Q1 2009.
In the mean time if you are curious about Searchwiki, curb your curiousity. Don’t go there!
TripleMe.com is another tool that allows you to run a search across multiple search engines and display the results in separate columns on one page. It covers Live, Google and Yahoo, and there is a fourth column for Google ads. Phil Bradley mentioned on his blog that before he could his first results he had to email a friend and tell them about it. That particular ‘feature’ seems to have gone.