AllPlus

AllPlus, “The Universal Meta Search and Discovery Engine,” is a relatively new metacrawler that searches for websites, news, images, video, and blogs on Ask, Google, MSN Live, and Yahoo!  According to the developers, AllPlus “aims to identify and present the very best search results from the very best information sources on the Web.”  They “have developed and integrated powerful Natural Language Processing algorithms in query analysis and refinement, search strategy, relevancy ranking, focused drill-down and exploration of multi-dimensional information spaces.”

I was able to add AllPlus to the search engines in my IE 7 browser, so I’ve been using it a fair amount recently.  It’s finicky on occasion, but I like it a lot.

Unlike Live and Yahoo!, AllPlus has a clean home page:

AllPlus Home Page

For a test, I used the search terms crop circles.  After informing me that it was analyzing the topc 160 results, I got 115 hits.  The results page shows a Cluster Tree in a sidebar on the left, like the clusters you get when using Clusty, with options to show more or show all.  In the middle are the Web Results, including which search engine(s) had the website listed and, apparently, excluding any sponsored/paid results.  In separate boxes on the right are results for News, Images, Video, and Blogs, each with an option for showing more results:

AllPlus Results Page 1

 AllPlus Results Page 2

When you click on the Cluster Graph tab at the top of the left sidebar, a window like the following opens:

AllPlus Cluster Graph 1

You can use the slidebar at the bottom to select only clusters (terms) with a certain number of hits or more.  The image above shows all the clusters.  The one below shows clusters with seven or more results.

AllPlus Cluster Graph 2

You can move the clusters around to get a clearer view.  Here’s the first view of the cluster graph after it’s been moved.

AllPlus Cluster Graph 3

The Cluster Graph can also be “docked” on the original results page:

AllPlus Cluster Graph 4

If AllPlus just had thumbnails of the websites it brings back, it would be almost perfect.

4 responses to “AllPlus

  1. searchworldsummary

    Thank you for reviewing our site! If you have any more feedback or suggestions to improve our search engine, please email me on the email address on allplus.com
    One more question. How did you find about our search engine?

  2. searchworldsummary

    And yes, we did have snap thumbnails on results before, but sometimes it slowed down the result page too much, so we decided to remove it.

  3. I read about it on Alt Search Engines in a post on March 28.

    The one thing I couldn’t find on the AllPlus site is if it searches more than the four search engines listed.

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