A9 reviewed

Now that Amazon.com subsidiary A9.com, Inc. has launched the final version of its search engine, I thought it would be an appropriate time to review it.

What’s cool and unique:

  • A9 stores your search history on their servers (though, this can be disabled at the user’s request but that disables much of the personalization features that makes A9 unique)
  • Indicates whether a search result is new to the A9 index, which is powered by the Google algorithmic search technology and index, from the last time you performed a search

There is a nifty, stylish looking browser toolbar, a Diary for annotating notes on specific Web pages you visit, server-stored lists of search results and Bookmarks you save, plus all the standard features. Overall, it’s a great search engine with a terrific user interface (nice layout, colour scheme, etc.). It lacks substantial technological improvements.

Nonetheless, it’s worth using occasionally. As well, of note, you can search by typing your query directly in the URL — like this:

http://a9.com/Doug+Mehus

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