What Is Kosmix?Kosmix provides you with a dashboard of search results using ‘trusted’ branded content creation and distribution platforms to help users see, read, and engage with the search results in a much more organzied and context-sensitive way. Their ‘dashboard’ is different for almost every search I’ve ever done on Kosmix, providing me with the most relevant data and information for the terms I’m searching for. Here’s how Kosmix refers to their search functionality:
“Kosmix is a guide to the Web. The site (www.kosmix.com) lets users explore the Web by topic, presenting a dashboard of relevant videos, photos, news, commentary, opinion, communities and links to related topics.
Kosmix’s categorization engine organizes the Internet into magazine-style topic pages, enabling people to navigate the Web even if they don’t know exactly what they’re looking for.”Quite frankly, Kosmix’s search results are far more engaging and relevant than Google, Yahoo, Cuil, Ask, About – any search I’ve used to date. (As a side note, many of the links in this page go directly to Kosmix search results pages.)
A Quick Look at a Search Result from KosmixI decided to compare a Google search experience to a Kosmix search experience for one of Google’s top trending topics for today (April 22, 2009). Today happens to be Earth Day, and in keeping with the theme, I conducted a search for ‘Earth Day’ on both platforms. We’ve all experienced a Google search result set, so it’s not worth me going through the details, but here’s a quick look at the results. Now, here’s the Kosmix experience: The value of the Kosmix platform is immediately apparent. The first section, ‘At a Glance,’ provides me with the Wikipedia entry for Earth Day and some image results from Google Images. Immediately I can get a overview of what Earth Day is and why it was started. Wikipedia is a trusted source for information these days, and although it shows up in the Google Search results, I’m forced to click through to Wikipedia to get the real summary of what Earth Day is. Kosmix brings so much more to your search experience, and it’s worth looking at a couple of other elements in the Kosmix results page as well:
|Images: As you scroll down the page there are some wonderful image results, showcasing Flickr and Google image search results for Earth Day. As you hover over an image, a pop-up thumbnail appears to give you a better look.|
|Videos: Kosmix uses a wide variety of sources for delivering video search results. Many of the results will play inline (meaning in the page itself), enabling users to watch the videos without leaving. In addition, you’ll find ‘how to’ videos for specific topics.|
|Blogs: Of course, there are wonderful, timely, and relevant blog entries on the page, allowing you to read the first sentence (or so) before you decide whether to dive in deeper.|
There are far too many wonderful features in the Kosmix universe to detail here: documents from Scribd, related Facebook groups, Twitter Search results, reputable newspaper articles, answers from Yahoo Answers, forum posts… the list goes on and on.