Omgili’s new mashup, Google@Omgili, seems interesting. In their own words, off the Omgili blog: “the most noticeable feature is the ability to find forum discussions about the results Google returns. This way you can find more people that are interested in the same topics as you, and also provide more in-depth discussions about the topic you are researching“.
But, will it bring about change or is it just another Web 2.0 tool that will waste our time? What advice could we offer Google@Omgili to enhance its users’ overall experience?
We will start by offer you a list of pros and cons, which is by all means not inclusive, and we urge you to join the discussion and let us know your opinion and if you think Google@Omgili is worth while.
Pros – in favor of the new Google@Omgili mash-up:
- Allows for people’s opinions to be heard on a larger scale – i.e from within search results.
- People’s opinions linked to search results can help cut out inaccurate self-promotions, such as ‘This is the best e-Book about x’, while all the comments are how it’s a scam and a rubbish product.
- The buzz feature is helpful in determining hot topics – but is it real time enough? I think I still like Twitter and TwitScoop more.
- The sort by date option is easy to use and highly useful for time sensitive searches.
- It displays results in any language – I think it’s a pro coupled with a real-time translator like Mozilla’s Ubiquity add-on.
Cons – against the new Google@Omgili mash-up:
- Many opinions online are not meaningful, well-structured or even interesting. Some are pure rubbish! Of course that bullet point by itself is debatable!
- The buzz feature could cause negative advertising for small start up businesses. What we mean by that is if you just started a blog, the buzz around your newly established brand name will be close to nothing, the Buzz graph of Google@Omgili can give a bad impression to your new readers.
- Far away from being real-time, since it depends on a spider bot that needs to continuously index web pages and discussions.
- The interface and features is a bit confusing. For example: what is the difference between a ‘discussion’ and a ‘linking blog’?
- It does not include reactions from the any social media system that came to existence after the year 1999! It’s got forum discussions and “reviews”, but what about the comments on Twitter, Digg, Reddit, Mixx, blog posts and the countless other social media platforms out there?
I am confident you have more valid points to add this argument so be a part of our debate and let us know what you think! Do you think Google@Omgili will ever be your browser’s homepage? I frankly don’t think so!