|Country of Origin|
|2004 - 2007||Kang, Jeff|
Google Search Engine
Ask Jeeves / Ask SeEn
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|Schwartz, Barry (2004):
»... Jeff Kang, the person who created Queryster. This search engine tool allows you to enter in a query and then click on the search engine that you want to request results back from. It then takes you to that search engine results page. The ability to jump to an other search engine is at the top right corner of each page.«
|Sherman, Chris (2004):
»Queryster lets you quickly get results from ten different search engines, simply by clicking an icon. It's a great way to compare the different "personalities" of search engines.
One of the reasons I like HotBot is that it offers a quick way to get results from four different search engines: AlltheWeb, Google, Inktomi and Teoma.
Queryster extends this concept, and takes it a step further, allowing you to quickly scan search results from ten different engines. Unlike HotBot, which formats search results on its own site, Queryster shows the actual result pages served by the search engines themselves.
Start your search by entering a query on the Queryster home page. Select your default (starting) search engine by clicking the logo of any of the ten displayed. Click the search button and you'll see results from the default engine.
This is where the fun begins. Queryster "stays" with you on the result page, showing up as a goofy looking "graph" with logos of the search engines in circles, connected to each other by lines. Click any of the circles, and results from another engine are displayed.
The Queryster interface is translucent, allowing you to see text beneath it. You can drag it around the page by clicking on one of the lines between the circles, and holding the mouse button down while you drag.
Beneath the graph is a search form, letting you run a new query without having to return to the Queryster home page. You can also cycle through the different search engines by clicking forward and back arrows. Clicking the "O" symbol removes the graph, and clicking the "X" symbol removes the interface altogether, leaving a "smiling magnifying glass" icon that will restore the full interface with a click.
You can customize Queryster by selecting your favorite engines from a list of 25. The usual suspects are available, but there are also buttons for meta search engines, and multimedia engines like Picsearch and Singingfish.
There also some tools available that perform specialized searches for things like phone numbers, maps, internet information and a variety of others.
There's also a blog viewer that plays blogs like a slide show.
Queryster is one of a variety of search tools all apparently developed by the same people operating a site called SearchIsFun.com (it's hard to tell, as there is no "about us" information). Other apps include Search Fight that compares the popularity of two search terms, Google Blaster, which extends Google's functionality, and a few others.«
|Kang, Jeff (2004):
»It's a team effort (a developer friend and myself) that made the Queryster Search Network. The objective is to make Web search easier and more fun. Also it would serve as a showcase for what we can do technically. We hope to turn our skills into a website development business. Queryster has been online for two months now, and recently we have received a few positive feedbacks and suggestions for improvement. ...« Source|
|Patel, Tejas (2004):
»... It is not a search engine by itself but it is a search engine tool that will search other search engines on your command. You can just type your query once, than pick up the search engine you want to search on and then you get all the results in the Graphical interface of selected search engine, but the neat thing here is, on this search graphical interface there is a small image hovering which is a map of all the search engine's that you can search, now if you want to search another search engine using the same search term, you just click the search engine image that you want to search and the results will appear in that search engine.«
|Kang, Jie (2005):
»Here is something cool, SearchX, a hack based on or inspired by Google X, the Apple OS X-themed Google search interface. SearchX collects the search engines Queryster, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, Wisenut, Teoma, AltaVista, Amazon, Ebay, A9, and Google. (And via RT, here’s yet another Google X clone – this one with the “genie effect” navigation at the bottom, which makes it even more OS X-like.)«
|Sherman, Chris (Mar 22, 2005):
»Queryster lets you quickly get results from one of several major search engines, simply by clicking an icon.« Source|
Features & Functionality
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): n.a.|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|Schwartz, Barry (2004): Queryster - Query Multiple Engines Quickly URL: https://www.seroundtable.com/archives/000156.html|
|Sherman, Chris (2004): A Fun Multi-Search Tool URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2065481/a-fun-multi-search-tool|
|Patel, Tejas (2004): Some search tools of the day URL: http://geekswithblogs.net/tpatel/archive/2004/03/03/2503.aspx|