Want to search for media jobs quickly, without being bombarded with ads and irrelevant information? You’d better try Resultly.
Imagine the scene: you’re sat at your laptop searching for information on the latest iPhone or you’re on the hunt for a new job. You want user reviews, features and prices; openings, company information or employee information, but first you have to sift through endless content that’s entirely irrelevant.
This was the scenario that Resultly founder Ilya Berak found himself in late one night as he researched the latest technology.
Berak explains: “I went to Google search like everyone else in the world, and looked up ‘specs on the Xoom’, but I didn’t find what I was looking for on the first page, plus I had to spend too much time typing more and more refined searches, including negative keywords to suppress the results I didn’t want, and clicking and pointing repeatedly, digging for the information.”
Subsequent searches on Twitter, Craigslist, eBay and Digg proved equally frustrating and the whole exercise had taken him hours. This exasperating experience led to the birth of Resultly, an alerts engine that aims to take the pain out of Internet searches.
Resultly – the Claims
According to the developers Resultly’s objective aims to tackle the fact that there is A LOT of information out there and it gets old fast – it will monitor the web for the information you want and get it to you fast.
When you stop and consider the amount of data spread across the web – Facebook alone has over 30 billion pieces of content shared on its platform every day – the average consumer doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to finding technology or social media jobs, the best deal on the latest tablet, or the best price on a last-minute getaway. Resultly claims to be able to scour the web for information on your behalf and deliver the results, in real time, direct to your smartphone via an app.
This Chicago-based startup has been heralded as the beginning of Web 3.0; where Web 2.0 saw the exponential growth of data across the Internet, Web 3.0 aims to break the information down and make sense of it all. Resultly fits into the idea neatly, by mining data from across the social web, filtering out the useless and rambling, the forums, newsgroups and aggregators, to deliver little nuggets of information that meet your needs perfectly.
Does it Work?
In short, yes. It’s a remarkably smart and powerful search engine that sits somewhere between Google Alerts, an RSS feed and a search engine. The thing that sets Resultly apart – is that it sees information in real time, and delivers it to your phone, in real time.
By signing up to the service you are given a selection of categories with to set your search parameters. These include jobs, cars, housing, finance, news, social and products, and within each category are further choices and options to allow you to drill down and set very precise search terms. From there, Resultly will monitor the web to get the information you’ve asked for without any of the extraneous data.
These parameters however, could be the one aspect of Resultly that might attract criticism. By setting parameters, you are already shrinking the Internet, and by only presenting a few categories including the aforementioned cars, jobs, housing, finance etc – your search options are limited even further. The company is planning on expanding the category choices available on Resultly, but even if they do, how will they ever create enough to cover what anyone and everyone might want to search for, which is after all, the inherent beauty of the Internet, isn’t it?