One Search to Rule them all
We at Neera think we can provide a vastly better search experience than existing engines. When you search something through Google or Bing, you get a webpage. You don’t care about a webpage. You care about, reading a good blog post, finding a hotel, getting an icon to use in a presentation, getting a recipe to cook for dinner, so many different kinds of things. In most cases, the search engine doesn’t give you the thing, but it gives another website which gives you the required thing.
If you search for Hotels, it will take you to Trivago, Oyo or Booking.com.
If you search for Icons, it will take you to fontawesome, TheNounProject or feathericons.
If you are searching for people’s opinion, it doesn’t lead you anywhere so you have to specifically put Reddit or Hacker News or some other forum in the query.
Why is this bad?
This is annoying, wastes your time as you have to jump around websites.
People often cannot search and find what they want. For example, I know you get the best programming resources through curated Awesome Lists on Github. I often directly search things there. But most new programmers don’t know that so they end up wasting hours and hours trying to find the right library through Google search.
You have no way to filter through millions of results Google or Bing puts in front of you. When I am looking for repositories, I want popular libraries first, but you don’t see the number of Github stars in search results, so you have to open every repo which shows up, then see which is the most popular one.
How to fix the situation?
Simple, from the query, determine the kind of information that the person wants. Show that info instead of the webpage where someone can find that thing. For example, if you search “Hotels in Gokarna” we show the list of hotels in Gokarna, with price per room, location and other amenities. And also show all the regular filters you want for things like say meal options. Then if you change the query to “Buses to Gokarna”, we’ll get the list of the buses, in the same interface, without you having to go to some other website.
Not every time your query will fit into well defined categories, so we’ll get you general web results.
Yes, that’s how we will get one search to rule them all.