Ask Jeeves - Binoculars Site Preview

21 Sep 2004 - 12:32pm
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ji kim
2004

Ask Jeeves just got a major makeover. One of the most interesting new feature is their Binoculars Site Preview.

I'm sure there will be some problems, but overall it's a very usable feature in my opinion. Is there any other websites or web applications with similar features? What are some drawbacks?

Description from Ask.com -

What is the Binoculars™ Site Preview feature?
Binoculars Site Preview presents a "sneak preview" of a web page when you mouse over a Binoculars icon next to a search result. Many people believe "a picture is worth a thousand words", and here at Jeeves we feel the same way – the Binoculars Site Preview can help you make a better decision about the site you want to visit.
How do I use Binoculars?
To use Binoculars, simply move your mouse over the Binoculars Icon underneath the search result title, and the Binoculars Site Preview will appear above or below the search result.

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22 Sep 2004 - 3:15pm
dmitryn
2004

Very interesting. It's too bad they don't extend the same mechanism to
their sponsored results. ;)

A similar feature was described a couple of years ago in this paper
(in the context of desktop application menus):

http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/571985.571996

Dmitry

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> Ask Jeeves just got a major makeover. One of the most interesting new feature is their Binoculars Site Preview.
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> I'm sure there will be some problems, but overall it's a very usable feature in my opinion. Is there any other websites or web applications with similar features? What are some drawbacks?
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> Description from Ask.com -
>
> What is the Binoculars™ Site Preview feature?
> Binoculars Site Preview presents a "sneak preview" of a web page when you mouse over a Binoculars icon next to a search result. Many people believe "a picture is worth a thousand words", and here at Jeeves we feel the same way – the Binoculars Site Preview can help you make a better decision about the site you want to visit.
> How do I use Binoculars?
> To use Binoculars, simply move your mouse over the Binoculars Icon underneath the search result title, and the Binoculars Site Preview will appear above or below the search result.

23 Sep 2004 - 2:15pm
cfmdesigns
2004

>Ask Jeeves just got a major makeover. One of the most interesting
>new feature is their Binoculars Site Preview.

When they decide to support Safari -- or at least don't tell that I
need to "upgrade to a more up-to-date version" when I'm already using
such -- give me a buzz. Until then, >snap<, back to Google.
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23 Sep 2004 - 10:18pm
Meredith Noble
2010

>> Ask Jeeves just got a major makeover. One of the most interesting new
>> feature is their Binoculars Site Preview.

Marissa Mayer gave a talk at a Bay Area ACM meeting last year, in which
she mentioned a very similar idea they once developed at Google. I'm
not sure if it ever got out the door, or if they canned it while it was
still in development.

If I remember correctly, bandwidth was Google's biggest problem --
users didn't like waiting for the images to download (the whole
thumbnails idea really does go against the minimalist graphics approach
Google users have come to appreciate). I think the thumbnails also
tended to spread the search results too far apart for easy scanning.

Has anyone else heard of Google attempt, or had a chance to try it out?
I'm curious how it differs from the Ask Jeeves design -- aside from the
fact that Ask Jeeves apparently uses rollovers, which would solve the
scanning issue.

(I too am on a Mac and no matter which browser I try I can't seem to
get the binoculars to show up, sigh.)

Meredith

24 Sep 2004 - 10:49am
Ockler, Sarah
2004

Amazon's A9 uses a similar tool without the images. Site search results
include a "site info" button that displays a callout box on rollover
including the company name, URL, traffic rank, sites that link to it,
speed, online since date, and a list of "people who visit this site also
visit..." links.

>> Has anyone else heard of Google attempt, or had a chance to try it
out?
>> I'm curious how it differs from the Ask Jeeves design -- aside from
the
>> fact that Ask Jeeves apparently uses rollovers, which would solve the

>> scanning issue.

-Sarah

26 Sep 2004 - 5:31am
Petteri Hiisilä
2004

ji kim wrote:

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> Ask Jeeves just got a major makeover. One of the most interesting new feature is their Binoculars Site Preview.
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Hi,

In case your design could use similar functionality, this site seems to
provide the service. I've got nothing to do with them, my workmate just
found their site.

http://thumbshots.org/

The "binoculars" feature is kinda cool, but I'm not sure what it's
*really* good foor. Except that it's neat...

Best,
Petteri

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