Categories Asides Search Best Search Ever Post author By Matt Post date March 16, 2006 20 Comments on Best Search Ever My favorite search site in the world is Big.com. I’ve introduced it to a dozen or so people and they all love it too. Update: Big.com was launched on a WordPress weblog. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Related ← Plugin Video Tutorial → LiveJournal Ads 20 replies on “Best Search Ever” Matt Sez: “I like big text and I can not lie…” 🙂 Are you an inbred monkey with glaucoma? I would go blind using that search engine. […] Russell Beattie ja Matt Mullenweg: big.com. […] While it sure is biiiiig … it’s not big on finding good results, sorry 🙁 Yeah, it sure is “big” and pretty, but like Sebbi said – the results are worse than terrible. You can’t be serious. I just press CTRL+++ on firefox, and every site has the big text I crave. Oh, and I’m under 30 with 20/20 vision — I just want to keep my vision that way. 😉 1. bad results 2. hurts my eyes I think I’ll stick with google/yahoo I’m with Sebbi and Nick… good god man! mmmm my eyes will never be strained 🙂 Wow, and the code looks like it will be able to render on IE 2 with the markup they have. Ok that is seriously cool. Does it have its own search algy or is it harnessing other engines? Either way, LOVE the big text, my eyes are very happy right now. […] Matt Mullenweg posted a nifty link to a search engine called simply “Big.” […] It’s one of the most horrid things I’ve ever saw. Bigger is never better. The front page is great but the results are just too big and not that good. Wow. The front page looks very web 2.0. The problem is that the text is just horrendously big – why the HELL can I only fit three search results on my (1280×800 resolution) screen? The answer is crap web design – I want my search engine to (this may seem strange) display search results. The results are useless compared to Google’s anyway. Hi, I’m the project manager for Big.com and I wanted to mention that we just launched (a few minutes ago) a new version which I think addresses the problem of poor quality search results mentioned by various people above. We are now using Ask/Teoma search results, which I think are pretty top line. I hope those of you who objected to the results quality will give Big.com another try now. Also, with this launch we are providing a toolbar for IE called “Big.com Web Magnifier” which magnifies most pages on the net – text and images. You won’t see it unless you go to Big.com with IE. I know the font size is too large for some of you, but that’s our whole reason for being. We envision Big.com as a search engine for people who need or prefer a large font. Someone wrote us to suggest we rename it to grandparents.com. Well… we don’t want it to be a senior citizen search engine, but this person basically got the idea that we’re not aiming to provide a tool for everyone. Big.com probably isn’t for everyone, but if you know someone who could use it, we’d appreciate it if you let them know about it. I’ve appreciated reading the comments here. They’re very helpful. If any of you would like to communicate with me directly, I’m brad at snap dot com. Snap.com is our main search engine. Brad […] I don’t know why photomatt likes it so much. […] The new results with Ask/Teoma are probably a big improvement. The big text is a nice change from all the web sites that insist on micro-sized fonts. My monitor resolution is 1280 x 1024 — I can’t read that tiny stuff! I’ll keep Big.com in mind for those late nights when I’ve been working at my computer for hours and my eyes feel like they’re about to pop out of my head in protest. I also have a friend with seriously impaired vision that could probably make good use of this site. Good find, Matt. Big.com – King-Sized Search Engine Big.com is a search engine from Bill Gross of Snap that makes your search results enormous. The rumor is that Snap tested out big fonts and found they were a hit with seniors – they decided to spin off the idea in the form of Big.com. The results … Comments are closed.