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July 3, 2009

Collecta – Search the Web as it Happens

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Collecta is the latest in the world of real-time searching, competing for the top spot amongst similar niche search engines. Real-time searching may not be for everyone, but for those looking to stay as up-to-date as possible, Collecta is an excellent start. Users simply enter in their search term and wait for Collecta to load the most recent headlines. Information is gathered from a number of sources, including the latest headlines from news sources, popular blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter.

If your search is taking too long, Collecta offers other options while you wait, including the ability to search for a second term while waiting for the first to load. As an alternative search method, they also offer a link to Google. As headlines do come up, you have the option of pausing the search (found on the top middle portion of the screen) or filtering the search by stories, comments, updates or images. Clicking on a headline enlarges it and the search automatically updates as new headlines come in.

The site is straightforward and quick to load, making it an excellent option for real time searching. All in all, while there is a lot of solid competition out there, there’s also no doubt that Collecta offers its users exactly what they want, making it a great option for real-time searching.

Practical Uses:

  • Search for the most recent updates on the overseas elections
  • Follow the World Cup as it happens
  • Find opinions about the latest in celebrity news and gossip

Insider Tips:

  • Pause the search if you need to catch up as information can stream in quickly
  • Use the filter to refine your search based on stories, comments, updates, or images
  • Conduct multiple searches at once

What we liked:

  • The interface is straightforward and easy-to-use
  • It’s surprisingly quick to load
  • The convenience of conducting multiple searches

What we didn’t like:

  • Some headlines aren’t the most relevant based on the search terms

Alternatives:

Company Info:

  • Launched: June 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Albuquerque, NM
  • Founded by: Jack Moffitt and Brian Zisk
  • Web site: http://www.collecta.com

Costs:

  • Free