Searchbot

Various authors, Website, Sept 04, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When people talk about 'personal agents' this is often the sort of thing they have in mind. "A Searchbot is your own personal search robot that continuously searches the Internet trying to find all the best websites it can on your behalf. When you build a Searchbot you give it a personality and then program it's search circuits with all the things you want to find. You can search for websites based on factual information like tags and locations, or more creative ways like colour and the mood you're in. You can even ask your Searchbot a question and it will talk to other Searchbots to find you an answer." Nice interface and I really like the results sets, which I assume will only improve. But the Flash implementation is a bit inconsistent, at least on Linux - the site evaluation tool disappears, and the tool froze my computer a couple of times (this is what caused the unplanned mailout this morning). Via Jane Hart, who continues to find them.
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