In a previous post I mentioned that I was to start working on Speed Dial 1.0; however, I decided to put some time in another project of mine, the Nibbo search engine.
I started working on this project more than a year ago, and I actually advertised it in Speed Dial home page; however, it has been a bit of a disappointment, as people doesn’t seem to like it enough to make it its primary search engine. Also, I wasn’t happy with it, as it needed some work in order to reflect the initial vision I had.
The idea was quite simple; a hybrid between a customized home page (like iGoogle or NetVibes) and a regular search engine. However, I’m afraid the main problem with the site is that it wasn’t obvious that people could actually configure things, and that those things would be remembered even without logging in.
So, I decided to invest some of my time on it; I added tabs, made sure to put elements that would help people “discover” the configuration capabilities, made both sidebars fully customizable from the search results screen, and polished it a lot.
I like the final result; I use it as my primary search engine. Go try it out and let me know what you think.
Could it be better? Of course, and I’ve a lot of ideas for it; but I should invest my time where it makes sense, so I decided to give the page a bit more advertising, and only put some additional time on it if people actually like it.
For the next week or so I’ll be quite busy, but after that I’ll start working on the next major release of Speed Dial. Keep an eye on this blog for updates!