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Posts tagged with Vertical Search

Visual book browsing with Zoomii

Zoomii, launched last week, is a virtual bookstore that displays books from Amazon.


The site is built on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and uses the Amazon S3 hosted storage service. Buyers are directed to the online retail giant via an affiliate link.


Polar Rose widens beta test

Polar Rose is a Swedish startup that has been developing facial recognition technology for image search since it launched at the end of 2006.

Polar Rose homepage

It has recently updated the look of its image search facility and made the image recognition plugin available for Internet Explorer users, so we've taken a look to see how effective it is...


Q&A: Kieron Smith of BookRabbit.com

BookRabbit is a recently launched website which combines book retailing with some very useful social network features. Users can upload their bookshelves and compare these with other users.

We recently talked to MD Kieron Smith, who has previously managed e-commerce operations at both Waterstones and Game Group....

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Q&A: Shane Lake, co-founder of hungryhouse.co.uk

Hungryhouse, a site that helps users find and order takeaways online, came away from a Dragons' Den appearance last year with the promise of a £100,000 investment.

Unfortunately, the deal didn't work out in the end and co-founders Shane Lake and Tony Charles have since received a £150,000 cash injection from elsewhere. 

We talked to Shane about the Dragons' Den experience and where they see the site heading...


Are you coping with Universal Search?

Google has evolved its search results to include images, news, recent blog posts, videos and related links.

Let's build a quick to-do list to spruce up your site for Universal Search.


Travel websites need to improve usability - study

There is plenty of room for improving the user experience of some of the UK's top travel websites, according to a new usability study.

Webcredible's Flights Online study looked at the flight search and booking process on 20 travel agent and airline websites.

The highest scoring website was Opodo with 67%, while Monarch came off worst on 38%. On average, travel agent websites were more usable than the airlines' sites.


Nestoria launches OpenStreetMap-backed search engine

Property search engine Nestoria has launched a new version of its site that only displays maps from community geodata project OpenStreetMap (OSM).

The move – a sign of the growing potential of the open source mapping tool - means Nestoria users can view charts from OSM or existing provider Google when searching for properties in the UK and Spain.


Ten digital trends to watch out for in 2008

A new year wouldn’t be a new year without a vast number of websites making predictions about the future of the web, and 2008 proves to be no different. From a number of different sources, we have rounded up 10 key trends that we think are the ones to watch out for in 2008. 


It's not all about the last click in search marketing

One of the biggest challenges in paid search marketing is measuring the impact of generic keywords on your sales.

We all believe generic keywords have a brand-building benefit, but how can you accurately measure this?


Rightmove revamps site as competition increases

Property website Rightmove has unveiled a revamped version of its site, with a new look and feel as well as improved navigation.

rightmove.co.uk - new homepage

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Microsoft acquires shopping comparison site

Microsoft yesterday acquired Jellyfish, a shopping comparison site which offers cashback on purchases for users, and ranks retailers according to the amount they agree to lower their prices.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, though Jellyfish raised $5m in funding last year from Kegonsa Capital Partners and Clyde Street Investments.


Yahoo! ugrades its user experience

Yahoo! has made a number of changes to its search engine, adding a search assist feature, as well as beginning to display videos, photos and other media in search results.