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Tafiti, which means "do research" in Swahili, is an experimental search front-end from Microsoft, 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. Tafiti uses both Microsoft Silverlight and Live Search to explore the intersection of richer experiences on the Web and the increasing specialization of search.
Note: You'll need to install Silverlight
Google offers a ton of information to the user. And the user generally ignores it.
Still, Tafti.com is interesting.
And I've now got Silverlight installed on my iMac. I install little helpers like this all of the time--why do I feel funny about this one?
This is the explanation of Silverlight from the MS web site:
Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows.
<Site X> has a cool web 2.0 interface but the [...] user experience sucks
It's not just Tafiti.com that's fallen into that trap.
When will people learn that having "a cool interface" comes a distant second (if that) to providing visitors with what they're looking for - a.k.a. a good "user experience"?