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Gada.Be Good

Chris Pirillo has released Gada.Be, a tagged metasearch, to public beta. In picking the domain name, Chris focused on mobile devices: gada.be is 4232.2233 on most cell phones. Time saving bonus: enter your search at the same time as the site URL. For example, politics.gada.be will search gada.be for all references to politics.

You can narrow your search universe to blogs or photos, for example, or go for the whole sheebang (there are 12 subjects). To save time (especially on cellphones), just add the filter to the initial string: delay.gada.be/b will search only the "blog" sources. But wait! There’s more. You can search with phrases or "and" — it all depends on your punctuation:

Is it too geeky? I don’t think so, but I may be too close to the
product and too geeky to make a good call. Heck, I don’t know how many
folks understand "quoted" searches!

This next bit is early-adopter geeky, however. The tool can output an OPML file (outline processor markup language) which is an XML format for structured hierarchical data. Dave Winer created OPML for UserLand, his blogging software. Winer was instrumental in stablizing the RSS specification and recently sold his
weblogs.com assets to VeriSign.

Gada.be is currently collecting results from about 140 sources; the servers were slammed on day one.

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By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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