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Monday, January 08, 2007

Mobile Search Cuts to the Quick

A new search engine targeted to mobile users is optimized to return answers instead of pages of results. The 4Info directory search engines asks that you format questions with what you are looking for and a location (city name or zip), and delivers the top 5 results as business names, addresses and phone numbers.

You can also search by movie title to find out where a film is playing, and the search engine also provides tips on how to search if you don't get the answers you want.

Or, you can enter the zip code and "w" for weather, or your favorite sports team name, and you'll immediate get what you are looking for (like the score of 23-20 for the Philadelphia Eagles over the New York Giants). The company has also set up text alerts so that you can receive a message every time your team scores or periodic stock updates.

By avoiding the noise of search results, 4Info has come up with a much cleaner interface for mobile search. The service is free, and so useful that the desktop search engines should take notice in how to provide concise, cogent, responses.

By Jason Dowdell at 12:28 PM | Comments (1)

(1) Thoughts on Mobile Search Cuts to the Quick

The 4info method sounds ideal for when you're in transit. Sometimes, I'll be on the go and not have immediate access to a computer. With the size of my phone's screen, even its own web feature doesn't really support a full web browser. But my phone likes text alerts and I find them easier to read. I'll have to see how it works, thanks for the heads up.

Comments by J D T : Tuesday, January 09, 2007 at 01:44 AM

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