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Eurekster

Custom Search Portal Software


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Published 07/27/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Eurekster Swicki helps users create an intelligent search portal. The Swicki part of the site is best described as a search wiki. The user can create a search tool that learns based on user activity. The Swicki focuses on the search habits of experts and community members and updates its results based on this information. This allows the user to create a tool that learns from experience and returns relevant results rather than everything that matches a keyword. Users can design their search portal based around any criteria they like. The user determines the topic or focus of their Swicki, which can include almost anything. Current top Swickis include NeoPets, Tech Crunch, Making Room for Baby, Amazon River, Rails on Ruby and Ad Blogging.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Eurekster Swicki is a product of the company Eurekster, which was founded in 2004. The company is focused on producing social search technology and custom search tools. The team includes CEO Grant Ryan. Eurekster is based in San Francisco, California with a portion of the company residing in Christchurch, New Zealand. Eurekster Swicki has received a number of awards and recognitions, including a place on the Business 2.0 Next Net 25 company list, a 2007 Web 2.0 Award and a 2006 Under the Radar People’s Choice Award.

What are the differences to other apps?

Eurekster Swicki offers users a very unique service that is focused entirely on internet searches. Most popular search engines provide a general collection of results. The Swicki concept allows users to create a tailored search based on a specific theme or topic. This specialization could make the Swicki a more appealing search option for many users.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Eurekster Swicki website has a subtly modern appearance that gives it a unique character. Visitors are greeted by a dark brown background, black navigation bar and orange and grey logo. Four buttons found in the black bar allow the user to learn more, create a new Swicki or visit the Swicki directory. The new Swicki tool works just like a typical internet form and allows the user to create a custom search tool that focuses on either text or video formats.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Eurekster Swicki account by clicking the small black “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form on the following page asks the user for a username, email address and password. The user must also check the box near the bottom of the form to confirm their agreement with the Eurekster Swicki terms and conditions. After clicking the grey button at the bottom of the form, the user is automatically logged in and can begin creating Swickis.

What does it cost to use the application?

Eurekster Swicki welcomes visitors and registered users to explore the site and create Swickis for free. There are no charges for using the site or trying out searches created by other users. All accounts are given the same access.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Eurekster Swicki is an interesting tool for anyone who wants to create a customized search tool. The application is very easy to use, even without programming experience. Users can choose any topic they like, making Eurekster Swicki appealing for almost anyone.

  • Create a new Swicki
  • Browse Swickis created by other users
  • Search for specific Swickis
  • Assign a specific site or blog to be searched
  • Include RSS feeds in your Swicki results


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