I am writing this post to introduce any new users or old users who havent reviewed the site in a week or so, To let everyone catch up on whats new, and whats shaking. I would say the most obvious thing is that we have changed names to AfterVote as it reflects accurately what we accomplish, by voting on pre-established algorithms from major search engines, then voting on them afterwards.
So to the Newbie, What is AfterVote? Simply, Its a customizable search engine that takes results from Google, MSN and Yahoo, and combines the data into one big search mash up. The advantage of AfterVote over all other engines is the ability to input dynamic widgets and statuses per result and you have as much tools as you could want to define your own, personal algorithm. No accounts are required, No personal info is saved, Its completely anonymous as well- We keep track of you via a salted IP Hash, which cannot lead back to you.
So what features do we have? We have a Blacklist and White list, which will respectively remote a site from results (from your view) permanently, and white list will prioritize a site to the #1 position for your view, even if its #30.
We also have dynamic widgets for Alexa, Pagerank, StumbleUpon and more, which give valueable data about EACH result. There is Live sorting, which will let you instantly view how the results appear in google, msn or yahoo- Or even by highest pagerank or alexa first.
There are tons of static widgets which let your results be interacted with by popular services like del.icio.us, digg, blogger, archive.org and much more.
We have a stat bar to the left of each result, showing the position the result was in each respective engine. We have a weighting system which lets you choose which engine has the best results.
In short, You can customize almost every aspect of AfterVote (Soon, Even the CSS)
So why is this different than the other social search engines? Simple- We take the ‘known to all’ ‘digg style’ algorithm, and apply a passive voting system to traditional results. The problem with diggs voting system is that only a very small percentage of motivated users vote on a story, or comment. Because of this, cliques and groups start to form, sharing interests, which will remove diversity. By using our silent method, we track where you click, if you come back and much more- Every result you click is a vote that AfterVote understands. As we gather more data, and results are not public melting-pot views on voting becomes a non issue, as does abuse and gaming.
Since we initially launched AfterVote (Then Younanimous) we have done 7 major updates, (Yes, Including a Opera fix) and have accomplished alot of what we initially wanted for AfterVote. Up next, we will be adding in features which will take search to the next level. One has to realize, that even if google, yahoo or msn was to ever release a social search engine (Which yahoo sort of has) The results will never be as good as AfterVotes’ simply because of the diversity that we bring. We are currently receiving a peak of 6500 searches per hour, and a little over 100k searches per day. Thanks for making AfterVote grow!
Here is a sneak peak at whats next for AfterVote – As you can see its mostly account based:
User accounts creation / data saving
>>Social Bookmarking ala delicious with pub or private settings
>>Tagging results (goes with above, I suppose)
>>Search history (option to save or not)
>>Comments on results
>>”last time you searched, you chose …”
>>aftervote.com/popular would aggregate 72 hours popular public bookmarks
>>Ability for users to submit there own custom css, or custom widgets (static or dynamic)