MegaSearch
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MegaSearch exists because different search engines use different methodologies to prioritize results. Because of this, the current "top four" search engines (Google, Teoma, Yahoo!, and MSN) all yield different ordering (and, in most instances, content) for their top-listed results. It would frequently be very useful to be able to conduct a search on all four engines "all at once", retrieve the results, and open them. Additionally, it would be desirable to eliminate any duplicates, and sort the remaining results according to the average of their individual search engine rankings: this
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Anonymous reviewed on 18 May 2005
This is a really useful widget that allows researchers to find exactly what they're looking for, except faster and all within 1 interface.

Once you enter a search term in the box, it searches the top search engines then spits out the results already parsed and organized in the most efficient way.

It's also helpful if you want to assess your website competition for certain search terms (because it compiles the results across all search engines, so you can see which web links come up more than once on the various search engines).

It's a great feature of NoteTaker, making the software even more powerful than I ever thought.

I've been using NoteTaker for a while now, and to be able to have such a cool widget that taps into the research power of NoteTaker is an awesome thing.

Definitely recommended!
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 May 2005
I might add that Notetaker is only good for a pre-determined amount of time I think I read it was 30 days. After that you will have to purchase Note Taker.
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Downloads:3,101
Version Downloads:45
Type:Business : Project Management
License:Free
Date:22 May 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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MegaSearch exists because different search engines use different methodologies to prioritize results. Because of this, the current "top four" search engines (Google, Teoma, Yahoo!, and MSN) all yield different ordering (and, in most instances, content) for their top-listed results. It would frequently be very useful to be able to conduct a search on all four engines "all at once", retrieve the results, and open them. Additionally, it would be desirable to eliminate any duplicates, and sort the remaining results according to the average of their individual search engine rankings: this is why MegaSearch was created.

This widget takes a search query, posts it to Google, Teoma, Yahoo!, and MSN, and collects the results in a NoteTaker notebook. Any duplicate results are eliminated; the remaining results are ordered as follows:
  • Results that show up in more than one search engine are grouped together according to how many search engines returned the result in question;
  • Within each group, results are sorted according to the average of their individual search engine rankings.
For all the search engines, only those links that correspond directly to search results are extracted (i.e., the ads, links to other parts of the search engine sites, etc., will not be included).

After this widget has finished, webpages may be loaded by hand one at a time, or all at once by running the "Load MegaSearch Pages" script within NoteTaker.

Notes:

1. A new NoteTaker notebook is created for each new search.

2. Since collecting all the results may take a while (depending upon the speed of your computer and your Internet connection), the notebook returns to the original search page at the end of the search to let you know the process is complete.

3. Ask.com (a.k.a. AskJeeves.com) is not included in the search engines, since it uses - and yields results identical to - the Teoma search engine.

4. Some duplicates may remain, due to the fact that not all search engines may refer to the same page in the same way. Thus, Google may return the URL for a given page as "http://www.mysite.com", while Yahoo! may list it as "http://mysite.com/index.html".


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