Yahoo!Xtra has released Search Pad beta, a new search engine functionality that helps users capture, organise, save and share the information that they find while researching online.
Search Pad simplifies online research by automatically recognizing when people are conducting research, and allowing them to easily capture information and websites found in their search results. Once activated, Search Pad automatically saves recent items, including links in one integrated notepad that stays with them as they search.
You can edit your notes and then print, save, email, or share your Search Pad documents with family, friends, colleagues or anyone else, eliminating the need for others to do the same research.
The new functionality is being released in New Zealand in tandem with the US, Australia, the UK and several other Yahoo! sites throughout the world. “We’re very proud to bring New Zealanders practical tools that make searching the web easier and more efficient,” said Alison Roigard, head of content and alliances for Yahoo!Xtra. “Search is such a fundamental activity online, and providing world-class technology to New Zealanders is at the heart of Yahoo!Xtra’s objectives.”
Yahoo!Xtra is a joint venture between Telecom New Zealand Limited and Yahoo!7. Yahoo!Xtra combines world class mail and web search with the content New Zealanders care most about, making the site the ideal start point for Kiwi’s internet journeys.
Search Pad has a host of features that make search and research as meaningful and manageable as possible:
1) Automatic Research Detection: Understands research intent to initiate note-taking;
2) Simple Collecting: Tightly integrated into the search experience; once research begins, it automatically collects visited websites and thumbnails;
3) Organise: Easily manages research into a coherent document for quick reference with capabilities that include free-form note entry, drag & drop, auto-attribution of the URL for pasted notes, and save/delete of notes and documents;
4) Share: Provides simple and useful ways to share work with friends and colleagues via print, email, publish, and a number of social networks.