Monday, December 8, 2008
Author: swapna seetharaman | | at 6:40 PM |
Tafiti is an animated search engine launched by Microsoft Corporation and it showcase its Silverlight animation and video player. It was launched in 2007.The name Tafiti comes from the Swahili word meaning to "do research".Tafiti incorporates visuals with common web searches. Searches are presented, through a graphic interface, with results appearing in a central column. Via a carousel on the left hand side, users can select the type of media to search in; websites, news feeds, books or images. Results can be dragged and saved on a "shelf" on the right hand side. These results can then be e-mailed or added to a blog.Tafiti also offers a "tree view," with search results displayed as branches.On the Tafiti website, Microsoft said the service is designed to "help people use the web for research projects that span multiple search queries and sessions by helping visualize, store, and share research results." The service is intended to "explore the intersection of richer experiences on the web and the increasing specialization of search."
However this search engine cannot be used without the installation of silverlight thus search engines like http://www.searchme.com/ are considered a better choice .