Wow. I’ve only barely begun to use it, but I can see that the future of Web browsing and searching is about to change. It combines the best of the Web under one hood: the power of the Google search, IMDB, Amazon book search, and more. You can search and browse through your own search history, bookmark sties, etc.
I remember reading about it way back when, but had no idea what to expect. From the Why use A9.com page:
“The web is easy to use, but using it well is not easy. We are inventing new ways to take search one step farther and make it more effective. We provide a unique set of powerful features to find information, organize it, and remember it—all in one place. A9.com is a powerful search engine, using web search and image search results enhanced by Google, Search Inside the Book™ results from Amazon.com, reference results from GuruNet, movies results from IMDb, and more.
“A9.com remembers your information. You can keep your own notes about any web page and search them; it is a new way to store and organize your bookmarks; it even recommends new sites and favorite old sites specifically for you to visit. With the A9 Toolbar all your web browsing history will be stored, allowing you (and only you!) to retrieve it at any time and even search it; it will tell you if you have any new search results, or the last time you visited a page.”
This search tool, combined with Firefox 1.0, to which I just upgraded yesterday, is about to bring a whole new experience to the Web.
The PR firm behind A9 must have a huge marketing campaign in full swing, too, since I even got an email from them via my contact form today, pointing me to this article from BusinessWeek Online: Can Amazon Go Beyond Google?
A9 is one URL worth remembering.
(It even contains an element of Alexa, the Presidio, San Francisco-based Amazon subsidiary where Jen used to work!)