News are usually presented in article form on the Internet with links to related articles in and around the content. Silobreaker provides an interesting alternative to the common presentation with the company's so-called network relationship search product.
It basically allows you to enter a search term in a form on top to compute a relationship network that centers around that search term.What is meant by that is that you not only see search results as you would on any other search engine, but also the relation between different items.
It is possible to adjust several sliders to concentrate on news centering around people, keywords, cities, companies or organizations. Between 0 and 20 nodes can be added per slider.
The items are put into relation with each other and center around the main keyword. Relations are displayed with lines that connect the nodes. Hovering the mouse over a node or line displays an overlay window with information about the node or the relation between two nodes.
The news displayed as overlays are very extensive with direct textual and visual information and multiple links to related news articles.
It is furthermore possible to set a date range for the collected news. You can pick from the three default values 7 days, 4 weeks and 6 months or define a custom date range.
The network relationship search can be accessed by clicking on the Network link above the search form on top of the homepage. The search form will suggest related keywords much like Google's suggest feature which can be helpful in identifying related keywords.
Update: The company has released other products in the meantime, while the Relationship Network app does not appear to be available anymore. It appears though that it has found its way into the company's current products which are unfortunately not available for free anymore.
While you can request a demo on the company website, the free version is no longer available. The product is called network now, and part of Silobreaker Online.Advertisement
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