Metasearch engine Zuula released a big update last week, what it is calling “Zuula 2.0”. It may be 2.0 but it’s still noted as being in beta; you can try it at http://zuula.com/.
My biggest complaint about using metasearch engines is that you end up seeing the same results over and over again. I’m jazzed to see that Zuula is conquering that with a feature called “Dynamic Pruning.” Here’s how it works. You do a search and get a result page that shows tabs for results from a variety of search engines including Google, Bing, Exalead, Gigablast, and Mojeek. The first tab, Google, shows all the engine’s search results. (You can use the Preferences option on the right of the search result page to change the order of the tabs.) The second tab, Bing, shows only those results which didn’t appear in Google.
The hidden results can easily be revealed with a click, and Zuula keeps each individual result’s order number so you can easily get a sense of where you are in the search results.
This means I can do a general-term Web search and quickly browse across several search engines’ worth of results without seeing the same three or four sites over and over and over again. That is exciting.
If you can’t think of anything to search for, Zuula can help you out there too with real-time search suggestions. Start typing “strawberries” and Zuula kicks right in (what the heck is a Strawberry Shortcake Makeover?) As far as I can tell, though, this new feature works only on the Web property of Zuula’s search.
Zuula does have several types of information to search, including Web (of course) Blogs, News, Jobs, and a new category called Tags. Tags searches seven collections, including StumbleUpon, Delicious, and Blinklist.
As I noted I don’t do a lot of metasearching because I find it extremely repetitive, but with that Dynamic Pruning feature, Zuula may just change my mind…