Beta Testing SLIKK – My feedback

In my earlier post “Beta testing SLIKK” I described how I requested an invitation to Beta test SLIKK – a site that was offering a new way of searching.

Well after about a week, I got my invitation, and sat down to give SLIKK a test drive.

Here are my findings…

SLIKK Search Application

The SLIKK Search application is a Search Interface that aims to provide the “new” way of searching.

SLIKK Features

On the surface, SLIKK looks like a great tool. Its features include:

SEARCH ENGINE

SLIKK can be configured to return search results from either Google, Yahoo/Bing, or SLIKK’s own results. Google Results are selected by default.

CONTENT TYPE

SLIKK provides search results based on source material:

  • Web
  • Images
  • News
  • Video
  • Blogs
  • Twitter

MULTI-VIEW

With Multi-view, a spilt screen can be displayed to show you two different groups of results. (For example – “Web” search results on the left, and “Video” search results on the right.)

OPEN SEARCH RESULTS

SLIKK offers the ability to open the source page, that the search result is pointing to, in a small “child” window. This is not a preview, but the actual page. Further to that you can open multiple ” source pages” and have these open either in a series of tabs or “tiled. Then you have the choice of changing it to full screen, etc.

MY LINKS

You can select from a selection of sites (Google Maps, Twitter, etc) or you can enter your own, so that these appear in the top of the SLIKK page.

What I thought of SLIKK

At first glance SLIKK appears to be a great application.

However, when I looked closer at each feature, I started to think “ok…but what is the real advantage that is offered here?”

Search Engine – You can select the search engine that you want the search results from. Really – I can easily do the same by going to the Google site and executing a search there, or going to the Bing search and executing the search there.

Content Type – This is nothing that the “legacy” search engines didn’t already offer. However – to be able to get Twitter results was definitely something I was happy with.

Multi-View – Initially I thought that this was pretty cool. But , to be honest, there wasn’t really that much advantage to this feature. The only value I saw was if you wanted to see, side-by-side, search results for something while viewing what was being tweeted about it the same time. But then…how often do you want to do that?

Open Search Results – Note – this is not a “preview” feature similar to what Google offers. It is a “child window” with the source site in it. In these times of tabbed browsers, I wa struggling to find a real advantage to this.

My Links – When I first clicked on this (and saw the screen displayed above), I thought that it would offer real value. But all it does is display the name of the site in the top of the screen which, when clicked on, will open the site in a new tab, or window. In short – bookmarks/favorites.

Overall…
  I found that SLIKK was not actually that Slick. I certainly applaud the owners of SLIKK for what they are doing, but I feel that the big Search Engines are already able to offer so much more.

Beta Community

SLIKK have a Beta program in place. And there is a forum, and a blog (as well as a Facebook page etc). They do seem quite receptive to input from users and appear to be trying hard to create something that people want.

I wish them the best of luck.

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3 thoughts on “Beta Testing SLIKK – My feedback

  1. Mark,

    I’ve been beta using Slikk for several months now, and couldn’t disagree more. The “open results in integrated windows” saves me an incredible amount of time when searching. Once you get used to opening results that way, it’s almost impossible to go back to Google.

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  2. Mark, I think if you would try it for a bit longer you would find like I did that opening results right on the page can save you a helluva lot of time. It also eliminates the problem of having to find tabs that you already opened. Also they say that are coming out with additional stuff this week.

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  3. I think slikk is great for comparing items or services on different websites at the same time!
    I don’t have to open and close tabs and with multi view I can see it all at once and make a better and quicker decision.
    In general, you get to see what you want much quicker without having to open and close repeatedly – I appreciate that alot!
    And if you haven’t seen myslikk then check it out – thats a great tool to throw anything that interests me into one place where I can organise it and share it etc.
    Two thumbs up for slikk!

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