We've Experienced Web 2.0. Could this be the beginning of Search 2.0?

We've experienced web 2.0 in many different ways. There are many different types of websites that can be classified as web 2.0, however, many of them share a common function. They are all considered social sites and allow their users to easily connect with other people. Many Web 2.0 websites allow people to connect with people in ways that were not available less then 5 years ago. There are many technological functions that make each of the web 2.0 websites work, however, in the eyes of the everyday internet user the ability to easily connect with friends & family is the reason Web 2.0 earned its name. Despite Web 2.0, internet users still search the old fashion way. Even on web 2.0 websites users still type keywords, click a search button, and receive results. I can remember, in the mid 90s, searching Yahoo when it was only a directory. The method people used to search the directory was the same then as it is today. Although search engines have developed many new technologies over the years, users continue to do the same thing in order to retrieve search results.

It wasn't until I became unemployed and needed a job is when I noticed how internet users are still living in a Search 1.0 world. It quickly became frustrating typing in search keywords over and over again at several job sites. For example, I am a structural engineer. For my profession, I have eight (8) different sets of search criteria I use for searching jobs. At least three (3) times a day I would visit over six (6) different job websites. Over and over I would type each of my eight (8) search criteria into each website. It always took too much time to search and then browse through the search results from each website for all of my search criteria. This quickly became an exhausting task because I would have to view at least 70 different pages of results for each search criteria. Using vertical job search websites, such as Indeed and SimplyHired, have saved time, however, I still had to type each of my search criteria and study over 20 pages of search results 3 times a day at both sites. Wouldn't it be nice if websites would already know what I want and have the results ready for me to view before I go there? This would be like having your favorite dinner ready to eat just before you walk through the door!

At www.jobsource.info I've created a search tool called My Jobs. This tool automatically displays the ten (10) most recent jobs that match each of my pre-set job search criteria. The job listings are obtained from thousands of different job websites. They are displayed in an organized fashion and displayed all on one page. Typing in search after search at website after website has been eliminated. Many pages of job listings that I used to fumble through have been condensed into one easy to read web page. Every time I revisit www.jobsource.info my latest job listings are automatically displayed for each of my search criteria and I do not need to type anything or click anything! I can pre-set and change the search criteria at anytime and receive relevant job listings. There is an option to view more job listings for any of my criteria if I choose to do so. The "My Jobs" tool does not need usernames or passwords to remember individual search criteria.

The "My Jobs" tool uses old fashion techniques to change the method of search. Each visitor pre-sets up to six (6) different search criteria. Each search criteria is stored on the visitors' computer using a simple clear-text cookie. When the visitor returns to the www.jobsource.info homepage, the website checks for the cookie and instantly conducts each search. The ten (10) most recent job postings for each of the search criteria are displayed instantly. The cookie is also used to eliminate the need for a username and password. The My Jobs tool retrieves results from Indeed.com. Indeed.com aggregates job listings from thousands of job websites including the major ones.

Although the "My Jobs" search tool does not bring the social functionality that Web 2.0 does, it brings new insight as to how search can progress beyond Search 1.0. Typing in keywords and clicking search buttons have been eliminated. The website automatically delivers relevant content that the visitor is seeking. Adding the social functionality and other simple functions can extend the power of this tool much further beyond search 2.0.

Another search project, that is currently in the works, involves the use of any standard browser address bar to search for and find product information. I am the owner of the domain name "Product.Info". Placing almost any combination of keywords in front of the “product.info” domain creates descriptive phrases that are also sub-domains. Keywords that include product names, product lines, or company names would produce descriptive web addresses when placed in front of the “product.info” domain name. Sub-domains such as http://wii.product.info, http://2010.camaro.product.info, http://microsoft.product.info, and http://dell.dimension.product.info could be typed into the address bar of any browser thus eliminating the need for search engines to find products and information on products. There wouldn't be a need for tool bars or special software. Right now this project is in beta. A custom Google search engine has been programmed to search and display results from only product review sites. You can type any “product.info” sub-domain into your browser and receive product reviews. Using the address bar for search has not been brought to the main stream yet. Adding more good content, social media, and other applications to this search concept would push product search way beyond 1.0.

Jeffrey Krus, P.E. is a licensed professional structural engineer. He learned web programming as a hobby and has been creating web applications for over 7 years. He takes advantage of data sharing opportunities that many websites offer. His interests involve the creation of web tools that improve upon existing methods, streamline, and/or speed up repetitive operations of the average internet user. His most popular tool is the My Jobs tool found at www.jobsource.info. This tool allows people to set each of their job search criteria. Every time the visitor returns the latest jobs matching each criteria are automatically displayed.


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