NANY 2011 Entry Information
|Application Name||Crazy URL Thing|
|Short Description||Semi-Automated Mass Searching Assistant (SAMSA)|
|Web Page||(none yet)|
|Download Link||(none yet)|
Allows the user to take a list of search terms, select a site, and keep clicking a button to pop open pages in their default browser, one page for each search term.
The idea evolved partly from this thread, and partly from 2 applications I had been working on, one was Stupid URL Thing, a small utility (just for myself) to make retrieving a list of the last 3000 tweets for the top 1000 twitter users faster and easier, and the other, SocBar, was focused on advanced searching of any and all social networking sites.
- ability to either paste in your keyword list or load from file
- ability to edit and save keyword lists
- ability to print keyword lists
- ability to use user generated category files, containing info on all the sites in that category (such as Category: Social would contain info for the application to launch searches for nothing but social sites, Category: Search Engines would contain nothing but general search engines, etc)
(Subject to change)
You can't install it yet.
Using the Application
You could use it with a single keyword and open searches on multiple sites, or with a list and search on a single or multiple sites.
For example: Let's say you wanted to search for the best price on a single item. You'd enter your search keywords in the small box, select Category: Shopping, select the first site you wanted to check, and then click the "Go" button to open a search in your browser for that site. Then switch to the next site and click the "Go" button again.
If you had a whole big list of things you wanted to buy and wanted to search Amazon.com, you'd either paste in your list (or load from file), select Category: Shopping, select amazon.com, and click the button repeatedly to open up individual search pages for each of your keywords on Amazon's site.
The reason why it is semi-automated is because a lot of sites will block you if you perform too many searches in rapid succession, and it might not be practical to open 100's of pages at the same time, if you have a really long list.
Since it would be impossible for me to include every site on the internet that you could possibly want to search, I will include a starter set of category files and instructions for making your own, so you will be able to create, share, and trade category files with other users.
Since you can't install it yet, you also can't uninstall it.
It's not ready yet.