Leapfish Launches Another Meta Search Engine No One Will Ever Use
November 20, 2008 at 15:02 PM EST
Last I heard about Leapfish (this was a couple of years ago), they ran a useless but fun tool that provided you with a free appraisal for your domain name based on a variety of ratings and criteria. Now they're back with an equally useless tool, this time without the fun part. The company just revamped itself under the ownership of California-based DotNext , morphing into what they refer to as a "multi-dimensional information aggregator," which is actually nothing more than yet another meta search engine. You know the kind: sites that pull together search results from real engines like Google, MSN, and Yahoo and attempt to differentiate themselves by adding tabs for meta-searching images, videos, Q&A, blogs, and so on. Leapfish also displays a number of static, non-customizable widgets on their homepage for the latest news, weather reports, and a stock market summary, which is a kind of step backwards from all the start page personalization efforts we've seen over the years. The premise of meta search engines is that the aggregation process digs up the most relevant results across different sites and technology platforms, all on a single page. What I want to know: if these meta search engines (and boy, are there many) deliver significantly better results or a greater experience than a Google's or Yahoo's core search technology can on its own, then why doesn't everyone flock to them instead?