The first thing I did was go thru the short on-line tour to learn that the model is simple:
- Search and Save
- Organize and Edit
- Share and Print
I don't know about the "print" part, really. I think they just like to pair action words together.
Anyway, I signed up for an account, which means I supplied my e-mail address and waited for the confirmation e-mail. Bonus points for not asking me for a bunch of demographic bullshit that I'd just lie about anyway.
Then I found that it works with Firefox and IE but not Safari. Luckily I have Firefox 1.0 on my Powerbook. So I proceeded to run a few searches in the hopes of finding results that I could save and then annotate (sound familiar?). The second search I tried confirmed what the first search hinted at: The relevancy is horrible!
When I search for "jeremy zawodny blog", my blog home page isn't even on the first page of results. What the hell is with that? My linkblog is the #2 result, which is close, but not quite what I expected.
Hmm. Numerous other searches yielded less than stellar results, but I saved a few results anyway and played with the My Jeeves interface a bit--creating a folder, annotating results, and so on. I can't say quite why, but the interface sort of reminds me of Yahoo! Mail's inbox view.
One odd thing is that the search box on My Jeeves defaults to "Search MyJeeves" insead of "Search the Web." Maybe I'm unusual, but I still expect to be searching the web most of the time and my collection of links and notes far less often.
Anyway, I'd give the My Jeeves folks a B for the design and usability. I'd give the Ask Jeeves folks a D for search relevancy. Of the 10 searches I ran, only 4 produced good results. Like I said earlier, they've got some similar ideas to the A9 folks (saved search history with annotations, all on a central server) but are going about it in very different way.
But don't trust my opinion, give it a try. You might not find it all that useful, mostly due to the horrid relevancy, but it's worth seeing how they've built a search workspace.
Hey, I kinda like that term: search workspace. That really is what it's starting to feel like.
Posted by jzawodn at September 20, 2004 11:40 PM