Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Search Me

By a remarkable coincidence Google Co-op has been launched just as Chris was asking me to help him with adding that sort of functionality to some projects of his own.

Harness the power of Google search to create a free Custom Search Engine that reflects your knowledge and interests. Specify the websites that you want searched - and integrate the search box and results into your own website.
Build and customize your own search engine
Specify the sites you want to include in searches.
Place a search box and search results on your website.
Customize the look and feel to match your website.
Invite your community to contribute to the search engine
I've done a quick job - which I intend to polish over the next week or so - of installing it here in place of the technorati search code that I have featured for a long time.

I'd be delighted by any feedback on how it looks on different platforms and resolutions. At the moment, touch wood, it seems to work and it wasn't hard to set up, but I think the appearance needs polish to blend with the site.

The search box may be a bit wide and pumping the results into an iframe that obscures the original content may be confusing. What do people think?

My overall first impression is that it is better than what I had before, though.

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