Last Updated on January 31, 2024
I have always been a visual person. For some reason, it has always been easier for me to remember images rather than words, and I am pretty sure I am not the only one in this situation.
The truth is that the world today has become more visual than verbal. People have grown tired of reading books, they would rather watch the movie instead, We no longer have time to read articles, we prefer to scroll through endless pages of images, or stare in awe at visually delicious pieces of art work.
This is exactly why certain developers have considered that it is time to change the way that search engines work.
They have created search platforms which extend beyond the capabilities of Google’s Image query section, and although most internet users cannot imagine using something else than Google or Bing for searches, visual search engines might just change their mind. Without further ado, here are the best 10 devices for visually exploring the internet.
TouchGraph is without a doubt one of the most useful visual tools to have in your toolset. There is no better way to understand how the world wide web works, than my using this great search engine. Developers have made it their mission to explain the way things work together, and how everything is connected.
In other word, TouchGraph will provide the user with a unique experience. The technology powered by Google, is completely customizable. If you are passionate about computers and technology, you can create your very own map with the help of Java.
For people who wish to be up to date with the latest news, Cooliris is the ideal visual platform. In a way it reminds me of the „interactive wall” technology. The extension looks exactly like a 3D dynamic wall which is filled with articles, news, and information about everything.
In addition, Cooliris works on Firefox, Mozilla and Safari. It is a great source of inspiration for bloggers and people who are interested in visually appealing content. Cooliris is also available for iPhone and iPad.
TuneGlue is an interactive music map powered by last.fm and Amazon which will help you discover great new things about your favorite artists.
If you are a Greenday fan, for example, you can look them up on TuneGlue and the search engine will show you related bands which might fit your tastes. The interface is simple, clean and navigable. You can even adjust your preferences for a more enjoyable experience.
Grokker draws its information from various sources, like Amazon Books search engines, Wikipedia and Yahoo!. What I appreciate about it is the fact that it shows results according to a standard outline, and also with the help of an interactive map. In addition, it offers the possibility of sorting results according to source, domain, refine selections and date.
Developers have made an extra effort to make Kartoo special. This visual search engine makes use of a simple interface, and displays results in a list accompanied by images. Moreover, you can choose to narrow your search with the help of the categories listed below the query box.
WeSee was designed with simplicity in mind. Although it is still in its beta version, this web-based search engine looks very promising. What I appreciate most about it is the fact that it is super fast, and it takes pictures from sites like Pinterest.
This means that the images displayed are more fashionable and related to the latest trends. The minimalistic interface, navigability and beautiful results will definitely attract many users.
Wiki’s MindMap does exactly what the name suggests. It automatically creates mind-maps of terms that you are searching for. Every branch of the mind-map is linked to a Wikipedia article which provides with more information on the subject. It is a great way of brainstorming ideas, structuring thoughts. You can even download the mind-map for later use.
Middlespot is yet another alternative to traditional search engines, because it will let you explore different results in a more interesting fashion.
This software offers you the possibility of searching Images, web information, news, Twitter and Amazon products. Like many examples before, it is interactive, and it provides the user with different, customizable dashboards. It is the ideal choice for online shoppers.
I had a lot of fun on oSkope. The first thing that fascinated me was the visual appearance of the search engine. It is clean, simple, and very fun to use.
Oskope uses Fotolia, flickr, eBay, Youtube and amazon as sources, and this makes it a great visual assistant which displays results in an intuitive way. You can customize the view according to price or other factors, from the left, toolbar. By clicking on an image you will receive more details.
If you love Flickr, you will also love Compfight. This particular V.S.E (visual search engine) is the perfect tool for bloggers. We all know how important it is for an image to look awesome.
According to recent studies, 94% of people are attracted by beautiful images. Compfight will help you better manage the visual aspect of your pages, without having you open new tabs, downloading and resizing pictures, then uploading again. It comes with a plug-in for Wordpress that will make your life a lot easier.
These are the 10 visual search engine which I found especially interesting, because they are extremely different from one another. It is good to know that there are alternatives to Google Images, especially for people who like to explore the internet in an unusual way.
Although Google Images remains one of the most powerful visual search tools available, the tools presented above will definitely provide you with a unique experience.