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Recently, I did a post on SearchBoth, which presents an easy way to search Google and Yahoo concurrently. I like the idea of searching multiple engines at once, and this post from AltSearchEngines.com caught my eye for the same type of task. The post discusses Joongel, […]

Recently, I did a post on SearchBoth, which presents an easy way to search Google and Yahoo concurrently. I like the idea of searching multiple engines at once, and this post from AltSearchEngines.com caught my eye for the same type of task. The post discusses Joongel, which lets you get search results from 10 leading sites in various categories.

Some of the categories Joongel offers up, such as Cooking and Health, aren’t going to be directly up the alley of web workers, but others are quite useful. For example, when I went to search for images of Steve Jobs, I got a toolbar like the one seen above listing 10 image search sites that I could easily flip between to compare search results.

Joongel looks to be especially useful for searching for images and videos, but it also does general searches across 10 search sites. I did run into a nagging problem with it, though. Joongel opens search results from the various sources it uses in separate tabs and windows, which can be a problem if you have a pop-up blocker loaded. I was unable to get it to work in Firefox, for example, even when I held down the Ctrl key (which usually disables all pop-up blocking).

Joongel ran successfully in Internet Explorer. While I don’t think I’ll use it as a primary search engine, for image searches and any searches where I’m looking for results that may be differentiated from the norm, it’s useful. I was easily able to cycle between image libraries on Google, Yahoo, Flickr and many other sites from one spot, without retyping search strings or URLs.

  1. You can get Joongel to run successfully in Firefox 3.0 by temporarily allowing pop-ups from the site.

    The block-up popper notification across the top of the screen will allow you to change your preferences for that site only. Then it works fine.

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  2. I think Joongel would be good for run deep, exhaustive searches across the internet. For some reason, I thought I’d have immediate results from all search queries handy, but instead a query is initiated when a site is clicked from the toolbar. If you’re getting quick information, it would probably just slow you down.

    I do a lot of research for my business, so this will be useful to me.

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  3. That seems like a really useful tool. I’ll have to keep that in mind while making searches. Thank you for the information, it is greatly appreciated!

    Jake
    NoteScribe: Premier Note Taking Software

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  4. Great service,

    I’ve found out about many new websites I didn’t know about.

    the torrents toolbar kick A$$

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