We discuss custom search engines, and how you can build your own.

Class structure

  1. Go through “At beginning of class” information
  2. Explain what custom search engines are
  3. Work on exercises

At beginning of class

  1. Assignments, you, and me
  2. Changes (this topic, this class)

My notes

  1. What is it
    • A search tool that uses Google's search engine (as the back end) but that you can instruct the following ways:
      • Look in a certain list of URLs (pages, whole sites, or subsets of sites)
      • Avoid a certain list of URLs
      • Append a set of terms to any user-supplied query
      • Customize its looks (within bounds)
  2. How can it be used
    • Its own Web page
    • An iGoogle widget
    • Embedded in random Web page
  3. Why would you use it
    • Captures creator's knowledge of the field

GOOGLE CODE - understand the components? what parts means run? where does URL of search page go?
an * means????

In previous years students have explored and learned about several search engines: Topicle, Eurekster Swicki, and RollYO; however, for the last year or so these sites have been completely displaced and dominated by the Google Custom Search Engine so that is the only tool we are going to look at today.

Blog topics

  1. Describe how useful or not Google Custom Search Engine is for your site.
  2. Describe how you chose the sites to include in your custom search engine.
  3. Compare and contrast 2 (or more) different custom search engines.


  1. Topicle
  2. Eurekster Swicki
  3. Rollyo
  4. Google Custom Search Engine
  5. BuildASearch
  6. Yahoo Search BOSS — Build your Own Search Service
  7. 3 Guides to FireFox Quick Searches (Smart Keywords)

custom search engine

Analysis in pieces

Demo: show what’s necessary


Compare to other.. search engines similar – for instance, real time info

Blogs: make what u learn in class ur own. Integrate tool into thinkin

Do another blog by Friday

Link to people, more public, opened database (twitterfall)

Facebook: can now tag names
Twitter account

Computer/phone à twitter acct (has info, location: the one you have when you sign up, not where you actually are, followers and who you are followed by.. what group you are in…tightness of group – are followers following u??)… à twitter server

Message from text/computer goes to twiter server

Some help id…@, $\#, key word, direct msg aren’t searchable, know who it’s from, url, retwits –
Looks for patterns / keywords in twitter – general patterns

Other – 4

Not rss asking sites what they have that’s new.. but sites telling reader when they have new info
Rss wouldn’t come in clumps..

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