The Hakia Scoop Bar
Yes, it’s yet another search related browser toolbar. If you want to have some fun while you check out Hakia, an interesting new search engine, give it a try. If you do a lot of research online, you might also want to try it out. Or perhaps Google Web History is freaking you out and you are looking for a new toolbar?
Hakia is a new semantic search engine, still in beta. Pandia is testing it and a review is in the pipeline.
Here is a short intro: Hakia is a semantic search engine brings search results by meaning match rather than by the popularity of search terms. Hakia hopes to provide the end user with search efficiency, richness of information, and time savings.
The Scoop Bar is a tool intended to help you save time while searching, or perhaps specifically researching, online. It is a simple, no frills toolbar where you enter your search term in the box. This brings up the Hakia search results page.
So far, it sounds pretty ordinary. But when you click on a search result, the Scoop bar will take you to the page in question, automatically scroll down to where the good stuff is and highlight it.
Next to the highlighted text is a small icon (a scoop). When you click it, the information surrounding the highlighted text is saved to a HTML file on your hard drive.
In addition to the excerpt, the saved information contains the title and URL of the web page you ‘scooped’ from, along with the search query you used and the time and date when you saved the info.
You can add to this file whenever you search using the scoop bar or you can start a new file for every new topic you research. This is done with the Options button in the toolbar. Here you can also adjust the size of the excerpt that is saved. It’s easy and efficient.
At the moment, the Scoop bar is only available for Internet Explorer. Come on, Hakia, you can do better — give us a Firefox extension!
Update August 2 2007: Hakia has let us know they are working on a Firefox version of their Scoop Bar.