Rollyo have released a workable form of their search tool. I found it first looking for a custom search engine and their tool is one step in the right direction. It’s really only good for having a search between grouped sites, or between friends (with a limit of 25 sites per rollyo group) – but it’s a bit of fun. Here’s mine:
I’m hoping Rollyo (or someone else) can come up with a tool to let me load up a thousand or more sites (easily) and have a truly custom search engine focussed on a particular subject with “trusted” sites. It’s all very well having search on a directory such as RealState but it’s still only searching the content submitted to the directory – not the content on the sites in the directory.
While I’m experimenting with site add ons, here’s an interesting concept: A tower of blog links…
You have to think, that over the next year, a good number of these sites will disappear without trace. I remember when I launched my very first website and there were all sorts of gimmicks to boost search engine visibility. Maybe they still exist in newbie land, but serious webmasters don’t use them. It’ll be interesting to see which of these tools have the staying power.