Worio is a clever mashup of several search engines, social bookmarking sites and personalization features to improve search.
Update: Worio is no longer available, and there appears to be no comparable service on the Internet at this point in time.
At its core stands the feature to add related information to searches performed by the user. Currently Google, Yahoo, Live and an internal search engine are at the user's disposal.
The search results are displayed on the left, and include the page title, description, url and tags associated with the results. The right side however is what sets the service apart from regular search engines. It features related search terms and websites that you may be interested in as they may provide additional information or other value.
This functionality is available to all users. Registered users on the other hand can add the social bookmarking component to the mix. A Facebook or Worio account is needed for this. Once the account has been created it is possible to start saving bookmarks which will shape the profile over time.
This means that Worio will use that data to display recommendations. If a user tags a lot of operating system, backup software or networking topics then that is what will be recommended primarily when searches are made on the site.
The account creation is a breeze for Facebook users as most data will be imported from there.
Another interesting feature is the ability to import bookmarks from Delicious which also works incredibly well. Any page can be added to the bookmarks.
If a user chooses to do so a new overlay image appears that displays tag recommendations and options to add or remove tags before saving the site.
A bookmarklet is provided that can be used to tag and add active websites to the Worio profile. The site can also be added to the list of available search engines.
The developers have created an easily accessible bookmarking site that adds to the search experience with its recommendation engine. It does well as a bookmarking site alone but excels when the search is used as well.Advertisement
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