There is a new kid on the search engine block, and the name is Blekko. Well, it works more like Web 2.0 whereby it requires you, your friends, experts and even community to use “slashtags” to search only the sites you want and cut out the unwanted spam sites.
Blekko is the latest search engine that claims to be the better way to search the web. It makes use of “slash search” whereby a user just needs to sign up with Blekko, make slashtags and add them to their search. You can also find your friend’s slashtag and use the info to your search too. Although this probably gives a more “social” feel to searching, it is still too early to tell if users will find it more efficient and easier to use than the popular ones of Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Not to mention, it is currently still in Beta, so expect improvements as it progresses.
So how do you actually do a slash search?
How to ‘slash the web’
make ’em: proceed to login sign up with blekko Make a slashtag that includes just your favorite sites. make it as narrow (/scuba) or as broad (/favorites) as you like. Add that slashtag to any search and you’re only searching those sites.
use ’em: find a friend’s slashtag and get in their head for your searches. For example, try searching Rich’s home brewing slashtag for quality info on brewing your own beer (ex. wheat beer /homebrew).
make ’em better: We’ve already created hundreds of topic slashtags that you can search now. everything from /conservative, to /humor to /vc is there. Drop us a tweet (@blekko) and tell us if you think any are missing sites or if you have ideas for other topics.