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November 15, 2007 4:17 PM

Searching for Applications...

Came across an interesting new search engine today: Clever Hippo.

It's a search engine for applications and widgets.

A widget is essentially a mini-application, most often dedicated to a single task. They're often also associated with something else, a website, a brand, or another application, rather than being standalone.

Much of what you can find by perusing this site are promotional widgets and fluffy apps that won't necessarily do much to benefit society. But if you're looking for an app, it might be worth throwing it into this search engine to see what shows up.

On the downside, it's most definitely not a comprehensive search engine for all applications. For example, put in the word "videocall" or "videoconference" and not a single result turns up.


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Comments (1)

Thanks for the mentioning Clever Hippo! I'm a developer on the project. As you mentioned, while we do have a substantial index of widgets and apps, we do have lots more to find. We are adding more every day.

Also, one unique feature of Clever Hippo, is that widget developers/owners can add a widget directly to the search index. So if your widget isn't showing up, go ahead and add it!


Posted by Brett on November 15, 2007 10:28 PM

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