I’m checking out wundrbar, which launched in March, and I’m thinking, OK, so how is this so special? It keeps sending me to google. I can do that in my toolbar. After a little exploring, I like it. I’ll keep it. Here’s a glimpse of me learning what it does as I tried the examples on the home page to figure out the deal.
query: ‘fly southwest bdl sjc’
As you enter terms, it starts displaying the type of results you’re going to get. When I added a second date it switched to round-trip. (That took me a few searches to figure out.) It unfortunately doesn’t remember what I searched previously. It ignores the ‘southwest’ in my query, defaulting to expedia, and offering a few alternatives. When I hit enter, I go right to the Expedia results. No ridiculous airline interface. woot.
query: ‘wikipedia joe strummer’
Why is this better than searching wikipedia in my firefox search box? Ooooo… If you add the wundrbar search engine to the firefox search box and leave that active, then you don’t have to click the drop-down arrow to switch to wikipedia. I’ll take it.
query: ‘netflix great lebowski’
[Note: wundrbar asks for my netflix login information. Now I see why I needed to create an account. Their privacy policies indicate that they will not share email address or other personal information with third parties. Still, I don’t usually trust third party sites with my logins. Let alone one I _just_ met. I don’t see any way to remove my stored passwords. I’ll be changing my passwords in a minute, but that’s a shame because I’m getting attached.]
Back to the query at hand. Wundrbar corrects my title and adds The Big Lebowski to my queue. Double woot. Now I want to tell it to move a flic to the top of my queue.
query: ‘create vodka drinks’
Now it gets funny–a little like voice dictation missing the mark. I see in the wundrbar blog they suggest “create drinks tonight 9pm with john.” I think, “Cool I’m interested in drink recipes,” so I try this myself. Wundrbar graciously created an appointment on my Google calendar for right now to “create vodka drinks.” Woops! Need to be careful with this tool.
After further exploration, I find that there are settings where you can set preferred search sources for different types of keywords. There’s an action list that offers hints to the types of searches and their sources, but I can’t really tell what the keywords are. Wundrbar describes themselves as a bit like Quicksilver for the web, but I think they’ve got a ways to go to earn that moniker.