Most people have never heard of Zakta – but for the last several months they have been my engine of choice. What makes Zakta so special that it could drag me away from Google? Social Search. I mean real social search, not this weak stuff Facebook/Bing are offering.
Zakta offers a number of really awesome features but the one I really care about is the ability to edit my results. See, I spend all day every day working on computers – its my job. I am constantly searching for extremely arcane information. On more than one occasion I’ve driven even Google’s huge indexes to turn up empty. Unfortunately, its not all revolving around the same topic – so the arcane information I may need today won’t be utilized again for another five months or a year. This is where Zakta comes in handy. I can do a search for “rsFieldReference report item expressions can only refer to fields within the current dataset” or “You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor” – delete the results that aren’t relevant, thumbs up and comment on the results that provide the answer – and then months later perform the same or a similar query and immediately know which links are going to be most helpful!
Zakta has something big in the wings – according to the site. I’m hoping they do, b/c I think it is only a matter of time before one of the “big guys” comes out with a social search engine – and then, if Zakta hasn’t already established itself well in the marketplace – well, it will be all over.
I have a bunch of ideas for how Zakta could “break-out” but my biggest / core idea centers on increasing the role trusted editors play in search results rankings for everyone – and in order to get good trusted editors give us some stock. 😉 I’d love to be an editor…and help out in other ways…
Okay, that’s the end of my Zakta speel for now, expect to see more once Zakta releases there upcoming “big upgrade”.