Internet search is in many ways fairly standard now, and although existing search engines bring out new features, or new engines appear, it isn’t often that you see anything that’s really different. However kozoru is launching a chat based search resource called byoms or ‘build your own mobile search’, with a public beta going live on June 5th. This is something of a departure from traditional search, by allowing users to run their own searches using a chat client.
There are a lot of interesting implications for searchers, given that IM is becoming much more widespread within a library setting. I’ll talk more about byoms when it goes live and will look in detail at how a user can create a feed, how it compares with traditional search tools and the implications that it has for searchers.