hey ho a new project i helped as a consultant is finally online - the great new coupon site dealhamster.com - basically it collects and aggregates coupons from all over the web and publishes them online. so every time when you are online shopping for a new computer and seconds before you click the “pay” button just visit dealhamster.com and get you special bonus code.
currently it’s german only - but they will expand to en, es, fr, nl, dk, sl, po, cz, ru,…. soon.
Well, it goes with my own face search project that i take a good look at the other visual search engines out there, and today i took a look at the searchme.com figures, and well, they are on the rise.
Could this be the stacks effect? Stacks is a social bookmarking technology with a widget like fronted (available since 24.06.2008)
but taking a closer look via Google shows that currently only 18 stacks are indexed (and most of them published via their own blog), which goes together with my conclusion, that widget adoption is not a snowball effect but hard and slow work. Only technical affine (HTML copy/paste) bloggers can adopt widgets - and differing from a you tube video a stack must be collected and created before implementation, so there is an extensive work period before publishing a new stack on another website.
And even so, according to widgetbox the most implemented widget is implemented only about 640.000 times (which is nothing seen in relation to overall internet figures).
So basically, there seems to be a higher interest into searchme.com, unrelated to the stacks widgets. Well they got something about 31 mil. from sequoiacap.com - maybe it starts to pay off (not yet, but i will keep you posted).
And the winner is: RedZee? Ok, from all the sites above it is the longest online, so it could establish a user base. Nonetheless the user experience could be much better (windows like pop ups prior every search?) and the results are mediocre.