Zuula

Zuula is a multi search engine which is currently in beta.
It is a ‘multi-search engine’, rather than a meta-search engine, as it displays results from different search engines separately, rather than employing an algorithm to combine them – or “provides the results from your favorite search engine unaltered”, as it advertises. Thus once you have done a search you will see different tabs, with the name of the search engine on.

There are different search options for Web, Images, News, Blog and Jobs, and they have different search engine options – you can choose any number of these. The Web search, for example, has the options to search Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, Gigablast and Exalead, while the Image search offers Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask and Flickr, and the Blog Search Google, Technorati, IceRocket and Topix. So a nice mixture of search engines, though obviously it would be impossible to a)include them all or b)please everyone with their choices. (They do have a contact link where you can suggest new engines on their FAQ page, but it isn’t linking to anything!)

It has various features – the usual ‘advanced search’ options, it remembers recent searches (you can switch this function off), and you can change the order the different search engines appear in (either through preferences, or as you search), and it remembers where you were in each page, so you can go back to where you’d got to easily.

The reviews have been mixed. Phil Bradley describes it as “not very exciting”, and as “not very ambitious”. Research Buzz seemed to like it though, and I do too. I’m not saying I’ll be using it as my main port of call for searching, but it is worth remembering, and keeping an eye on, as I think it has some potential.

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2 comments on “Zuula

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lore,

    Can someone just show results from another search engine?

    I’m just wondering if anyone would know, if this is legal.

    Don’t you need some kind or license to display entire search engine results? I also noted they are using the search engines logo too.

    I kinda like the concept.

    Great post!
    John

  2. Lore Librarian says:

    Hi John,

    An excellent question!

    It depends on the individual search engine, and their terms and conditions. For example, Google states “You may not send automated queries of any sort to Google’s system without express permission in advance from Google”, so I assume Zuula have obtained their permission! The other search engines all have their own Terms & conditions, but generally the rule would be to check and get permission.

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