ResultR is an interesting new search engine for a number of different reasons. However, the basics first – it’s a multi/meta search engine which pulls in results from a variety of other search engines which it displays grouped by engine, rather than de-duplicating and re-ranking results. Tabs allow searches across the web, news, blogs, social information, media, jobs, reference, local and shopping. It’s also possible to just limit a search to Google, Yahoo or MSN.
The interesting thing is that it allows users to create their own multi/meta search engine from the 40+ options that they are offered by ResultR. These include engines such as Google, MSN, Yahoo news, Findory, Technorati, Furl, Wikipedia, eBay and so on. The full list is available on their about us page. Users are limited to a total of 15 options, but they can create their engine (or engines, since ResultR allows multiple engines for greater focus) without registering, via cookie on their computer. This of course makes it machine dependant, but ResultR also provides a small cut and paste option for adding to a weblog or site – again without registration.
I wasn’t overly keen on the colour scheme, which was rather too red for my liking, and I found the display overly busy, with little search boxes in two column mode interspersed with Google ads. However, it worked well and did the job it was supposed to.
The other interesting thing about the engine is that it was created by “The Web2.0 Kids”: Jay and Mark, 16 and 15 years old respectively. ResultR came out of a school project when they were asked to come up with ideas for a search engine that was better than Google. They’re planning on expanding the search engine when they’re not busy with homework and have already employed a classmate to take care of day to day operations. I have a feeling that we’ll be hearing a lot more about these two young gentlemen in the not too distant future.