SearchTeam Launch

Today, we announced the public availability of SearchTeam.com. After months of beta testing and deploying a major upgrade recently, we have now opened up SearchTeam for public use.

The core idea of SearchTeam is very simple – “search the Web together with people you trust”.  Clearly, this isn’t something you’d do for transacational queries like finding the location of a restaurant or the home page of a particular company.  You’d find SearchTeam incredibly valuable for those situations where you are researching a certain topic at home, school or work, or when you are naturally in a group setting like planning a travel with friends, shopping for a big ticket item with your family, researching a product or customer or supplier at work with colleagues, or working on a group project with classmates.  SearchTeam vastly improves search productivity by bringing searching, search curation, and collaboration between trusted people into a single cohesive user interface and experience.

In its current incarnation, SearchTeam enables you to readily tap into your personal and professional circle by integrating with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  You can readily invite your Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections or Twitter followers to join any search together with you.

Users have shared with us a great deal of feedback on what they’ve liked and what they’d like to see in the tool.  The opportunity to shape SearchTeam to meet your needs is one of the big things that makes it gratifying for us.

Please share your thoughts and feedback with us.

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SearchTeam.com Features

As indicated in the previous blog post, we deployed a major update to SearchTeam last week.  With this major update, we are close to announcing the general availability of SearchTeam.com. We thank all the users who have participated in the extensive beta tests of SearchTeam to date.

This blog post summarizes the major features and capabilities of SearchTeam.

SearchTeam allows users to search the Web together with their friends, classmates, colleagues and others they trust.  Now people can research the Web, save and organize the results they want, while collaborating with trusted people in real-time!

SearchTeam integrates web searching, semantics, curation, real-time and asynchronous collaboration, and social networking integration into an innovation in search that we call a “SearchSpace”.

A SearchSpace is a place where a user can research the Web on a given topic, save the results they need including their comments, invite trusted people to collaboratively search with them, interact with search teammates in real-time or asynchronously using built-in chat and other social features, seamlessly finding, saving and organizing useful information into folders with ease. i.e. With a SearchSpace, users can find, save, organize information from the Web either individually or collaboratively with others they trust.  SearchSpaces are automatically persisted into the user’s account on SearchTeam.

On SearchTeam, a user can:

  • Create a SearchSpace for any topic they are searching for
  • Search the Web, videos, images, and books
  • Leverage semantic suggestions to explore topics faster where available
  • Save and organize results into folders within the SearchSpace
  • Remove results that aren’t relevant from the SearchSpace
  • Invite others to search collaboratively with them within the SearchSpace
  • Leave comments on search results for their collaborators
  • Chat with collaborators in real-time inside the SearchSpace
  • Add or update saved results with collaborators in real-time
  • Add posts inside the SearchSpace to capture and share knowledge they may have on the topic
  • Upload files into the SearchSpace to capture and share information they may already have on the topic
  • Use the Dashboard to access all their SearchSpaces
  • Add the SearchTeam browser button to their browser and save whatever they find from anywhere on the Web directly into their SearchSpaces

Users can sign into SearchTeam with a new account (free), and import their contacts from GMAIL, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail / Live Mail, or Outlook.  Alternatively, users can login directly using their Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter social network accounts.  SearchTeam also allows a user to sign in with their current Google or Yahoo IDs (supported through OpenID).  Regardless of which method a user uses to sign into searchTeam, they can link to their social network accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and ensure that their friends / connections / followers are readily available from within SearchTeam for collaboration.

To summarize, SearchTeam.com brings search, curation, and collaboration together into a single solution to find what users want from the Web faster. It is not suitable for quick transactional searches like finding the address of a company, the phone number of a local business, the map of a location etc. On the other hand, it is perfect for deeper searches where users tend to take a lot of time, and find interesting results across different queries, and any time they are doing this in a group setting.

You can try out the collaborative search and search curation capabilities of SearchTeam.com today!

As always, please continue to send us your feedback. It is invaluable to us.  Thank you!

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Major SearchTeam upgrade on the way

In the course of running the private beta of SearchTeam.com, we got a lot of very useful feedback from early users.  The feedback clearly indicated that we had gotten many things about the user experience right, but there were some significant opportunities for improvement.

Here are some highlights of the kind of feedback we received:

  • The SearchSpace concept is powerful. Make it more evident from the first time interaction of a user with SearchTeam. Make it clear that the tool can be used for individual research needs as well as collaborative research needs.
  • Quite often, people are in a very early phase of exploring a topic, and at that time, don’t know enough about their exploration to create a new SearchSpace. Make it possible to do quick Web searches (like with a traditional Web search engine) and save into a SearchSpace when needed.
  • Inviting friends / colleagues to join a search is extremely useful in many situations.  Make it easy for accessing connections / friends from multiple social networks at once.
  • Those who use SearchTeam are using it heavily, often 10x or more longer than a traditional search engine. The darker elements of the user interface are causing visual fatigue for these heavier users.  Lighten up the interface to make it easy on the eyes for heavy use.

Needless to say, we are thrilled to get this level of engagement and feedback from our early users.  And we are happy to report that a major new SearchTeam upgrade is on the way that addressees all of these needs.

Stay tuned to this blog for an early peek of this major SearchTeam upgrade.

In the mean time, you can try out SearchTeam’s collaborative search and curation capabilities right now.  Please send us your feedback. As you can see, we listen intently to our users and are eager to make our tool the best it can be for your needs.

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Private beta access to SearchTeam.com, real-time collaborative search engine

SearchTeam.com logoSearchTeam.com enables you to search together with friends. You can find and save what you need from the Web, along with friends and people you trust.  SearchTeam combines search technology, semantics, real-time collaboration, curation and social networking into an innovative approach to search the Web.

From the previous blog posts, you can see a 1 minute animated video introduction to SearchTeam.com, or take the 2 minute video tour of the actual SearchTeam.com product.

Whether planning a vacation with friends, or researching for a group project at high school or college, or researching a competitor or finding a new supplier for your business, SearchTeam.com can dramatically alter your search experience by enabling you to actually invite the people you are working with to search the Web together. You can save and organize results together that are useful, collaborate with each other in real-time using built in chat and real time commenting functionality, and find what you want from the Web really quickly. Moreover, your search can now be shared with others who may benefit from it at a later time as well, since it is all saved automatically for you.

SearchTeam.com is in private beta, where people like you are helping to shape this innovative search engine into a world class tool. As we’ve promised on this blog, we are now ready to offer access to the private beta to all readers of this blog.

Follow this special link to join the private beta world’s first real-time collaborative search engine now.  Search alone no more™!

Do send us your feedback and help us improve.

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A Tour of SearchTeam, real-time collaborative search engine

What is SearchTeam? It is a real-time collaborative search engine. With it, you can search the Web together with friends, classmates, colleagues and others you trust. You can curate the content you need from the Web and share it together in real-time.  This short SearchTeam video provides a simple animated introduction to the new service.

Here is a guided tour of SearchTeam.com, showing you key concepts and elements in this new service.

SearchTeam.com brings search, curation, and collaboration together into a single solution to find what you want from the Web faster.

It is not suitable for quick transactional searches like finding the address of a company, the phone number of a local business, the map of a location etc.

On the other hand, it is perfect for deeper searches where you tend to take a lot of time, and find interesting results across different queries, and any time you are doing this in a group setting.

Examples on the personal / home front:

  • Plan a spring break vacation with friends
  • Planning for a wedding
  • Researching and purchasing an appliance or other big ticket item

Examples on the academic front:

  • Research for a paper or project
  • Collaborative research and work on a group project

Examples on the business front:

  • Finding a supplier for a certain product or service
  • Researching a competitor
  • Preparing a dossier about a customer prospect

The examples abound on where SearchTeam can make a BIG difference to your search experience and outcomes.

SearchTeam is in private beta at the time of this writing, and will be launched to the market shortly.  Please stay tuned to this blog to receive access to the private beta, or  visit this new search engine site and request private beta access and take a peek at it before others do!

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A Short Video Introduction to SearchTeam

SearchTeam is a real-time collaborative search engine from Zakta.

On SearchTeam.com, you can search the Web together with friends, classmates, colleagues and others you trust, in real-time, and find and share what you need from the Web easily.

Here’s a short video introduction to SearchTeam:

SearchTeam is in private beta right now.  Stay tuned to this blog and we’ll provide you with private beta access soon!

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