Thursday, November 06, 2008
Navigaya is a new search platform that mixes social aspects (music/video playlists) and federated searching.
The user interface (UI) kicks some serious butt. Although a little dark on my old CRT, the navigation control that rises from the bottom (much like Apple's OS X Leopard) offer the user visual icons and supporting text to various edited categories. For example, the "design" category opens up a window where one can select from various design oriented Web sites like Core77. Sites open within frames (as illustrated in my picture above). This intelligently keeps the user in the Navigaya environment.
Navigaya's environment is enhanced through music, video, and community. Users can create and save music video playlists once they've registered with Navigaya. The lists can be kept private, or they can be made public. Public playlists are linked with a rating system, and users can view and play other playlists based on popularity. User can also search public playlists by artist or username. The video plays in the background, and users can control how much one sees through a "dimmer."
Like other federated searching applications, Navigaya includes some of the most popular search engines. Google, Yahoo!, and MS Live are included. Navigaya also includes popular sites like Wikipedia. Navigaya displays the results in separate windows (frames), and users can navigate through the results by scrolling within the particular search engines. More search engine results are accessed by clicking on the white arrow to the right of the windows.
Although the information is sometimes hard to discern on my CRT and the navigation is a little too touchy when I scroll across my browser to click on other items, Navigaya creates a cool and inviting environment to conduct search.
Posted by Bryan Loar at 12:12 PM