There's a new search engine, and I took it for a spin
Curiyo incorporates social media feeds into the browser experience.
When I heard about Curiyo, my first thought was, "Oh, awesome!" followed by "Wait, it didn't exist until now? Who forgot to invent that?"
American-Israeli internet entrepreneur Bob Rosenschein, the guy who invented answers.com, just launched Curiyo, a new tool that merges social media with search engines.
It seems like such an obvious necessity. As long as entrepreneurs left Google, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit in place, you could explode the rest of the internet, and I wouldn't even notice. And now, I (and you!) can search for all that good social stuff in one place.
But don't take my word for it. Instead, take my screengrabs for it, as I try it out.
How it works
The way Curiyo works is, you search a term and get a long scroll of some of the most popular trending articles, images, videos, etc. on the subject, giving you roughly a few minutes worth of stuff to scroll through.
In honor of the new season of "South Park," I ran a search for the show. We start out with some good old pictures of the lads:
Followed by an article:
The mandatory Wikipedia result:
A trending YouTube clip:
By the way, I checked that particular Reddit post, and it begins with "I'm gonna start this off by saying I didn't really think this through too well." Confident words, but he actually goes into a somewhat interesting, albeit vague theory about time warping around Kenny.
Oh, and of course, a Japanese manga cartoon:
It all goes on like that, with about 50 Subreddits, articles, images, web pages and YouTube clips in all. So far, I'm pretty satisfied with Curiyo; I'm getting a handle on what's going on in "South Park" cyberspace.
The tool does, however, have some limitations when it comes to less trendy searches. For instance, when I search for humanity's favorite blessing and curse, "beer," I just get a definition and some pretty dull-looking Yahoo images:
It seems like the omniscient trending bar on the right side is trying to tell me that I'm not supposed to be interested in things that humans have been interested in for the last 5,000 years. Instead I should be interested in stuff that people have been interested in for the last few weeks and will forget about in another couple weeks. Fair enough, post-Facebook world. Fair enough.
Overall, while not comprehensive by any means, Curiyo seems like a pretty good starting point to get an idea about what's going on with trending topics, providing both useful information and fun random stuff that does well on social media. Kind of like an extremely current personalized magazine for whatever political or pop culture topic you're interested in.
Now I'm going home to watch "South Park."
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