23 April 2005

Use.com: What's your experience with this search tool?

Use.com is a way to search for Ebay items and other things.

Updates on use.com-beta-test-results are in the comments.

  • Feature request: XML Feeds

    I've previously blogged about RSS feeds for Ebay and the benefits of having an XML feed for a search result.

    Wish: One day, I'd like to add use.com to my list of sites that offer XML feeds.

  • Feature request: Page count

    I have noticed at the bottom [between previous and next at the bottom] that there's no page count, this is at the top, while Google has the page number in both places.

  • Feature: Related

    They also have a related search option on the right hand side, while Clusty has it on the left.

  • Page rank algorithm

    Page ranks are slightly different than Yahoo.

    Users can influence the page ranking on use.com just by placing a link; unlike Yahoo.com which sometimes rejects page submissions, it looks like use.com's page submission process is straightforward.

    Publishers can influence the ratings with links. Does this mean more links is better? One thing to watch over time will be whether the rankings diverge noticeably [in terms of content-value] from the other search engines.

    I can hear the SEO blogs screaming now, "Woe, the link-spam."

  • Buried menu

    Use.com has an about us link which takes you to several options.

    This is one of those "there's stuff buried on the site" kind of things.

    For example, notice the terms under "Submissions" for any ideas shared with use.com: They can use them any way they want.

    Also, the FAQs are found linked here from this page

  • Corrected Bug: Use.com now converts quotes to %27

    There once was a problem when you put search requests in quotes, use.com would display your search-URL with the quotes included.

    The problem wasn't with the URL. Rather, when you placed that URL-containing-quotes in your blog, the quotes didn't translate. The manual workaround was to convert the quotes to ASCI %27. Unlike Yahoo which converts the quotes to a %27 code, Use.com was keeping the quotes in the URL and not auto-converting them.

    At one time, this meant that we couldn't use the direct-URL and place it on a webpage. However, this has been corrected.


    Workaround if there are Quotes in URL

    User tip: Got a search-result URL that has quotes?

    If you want to place a use.com search URL containing quotes in a blog or webpage but the quotes show up in the URL, convert the URL to a shortened URL.

    However, it appears use.com has corrected this problem, and this is not required.


  • Other discussion

    You can track who else is talking about the site with PubSub, Blogdigger, or Technorati.

    How is use.com working for you, and are there some advantages over Yahoo or Google or XML-focused search tools?

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  • Use.com is a way to search for Ebay items and other things.

    Updates on use.com-beta-test-results are in the comments.

  • Feature request: XML Feeds

    I've previously blogged about RSS feeds for Ebay and the benefits of having an XML feed for a search result.

    Wish: One day, I'd like to add use.com to my list of sites that offer XML feeds.

  • Feature request: Page count

    I have noticed at the bottom [between previous and next at the bottom] that there's no page count, this is at the top, while Google has the page number in both places.

  • Feature: Related

    They also have a related search option on the right hand side, while Clusty has it on the left.

  • Page rank algorithm

    Page ranks are slightly different than Yahoo.

    Users can influence the page ranking on use.com just by placing a link; unlike Yahoo.com which sometimes rejects page submissions, it looks like use.com's page submission process is straightforward.

    Publishers can influence the ratings with links. Does this mean more links is better? One thing to watch over time will be whether the rankings diverge noticeably [in terms of content-value] from the other search engines.

    I can hear the SEO blogs screaming now, "Woe, the link-spam."

  • Buried menu

    Use.com has an about us link which takes you to several options.

    This is one of those "there's stuff buried on the site" kind of things.

    For example, notice the terms under "Submissions" for any ideas shared with use.com: They can use them any way they want.

    Also, the FAQs are found linked here from this page

  • Corrected Bug: Use.com now converts quotes to %27

    There once was a problem when you put search requests in quotes, use.com would display your search-URL with the quotes included.

    The problem wasn't with the URL. Rather, when you placed that URL-containing-quotes in your blog, the quotes didn't translate. The manual workaround was to convert the quotes to ASCI %27. Unlike Yahoo which converts the quotes to a %27 code, Use.com was keeping the quotes in the URL and not auto-converting them.

    At one time, this meant that we couldn't use the direct-URL and place it on a webpage. However, this has been corrected.


    Workaround if there are Quotes in URL

    User tip: Got a search-result URL that has quotes?

    If you want to place a use.com search URL containing quotes in a blog or webpage but the quotes show up in the URL, convert the URL to a shortened URL.

    However, it appears use.com has corrected this problem, and this is not required.


  • Other discussion

    You can track who else is talking about the site with PubSub, Blogdigger, or Technorati.

    How is use.com working for you, and are there some advantages over Yahoo or Google or XML-focused search tools?

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