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Coming Tuesday: Teoma Set to Introduce Toolbar App
Teoma is getting into the toolbar game. It will feature an option that allows users to e-mail any web page and message to a friend or colleague along with several other options. More details on 6/25.
Well at least Teoma is up front about their automatic updates. There is another thread discussing Google's auto update, where they seem to have done it on the sly. [webmasterworld.com...]
I've downloaded it and tried it out.
The highlighting is exactly the same as Google's. The dictionary used is Merriam-Webster. I sent a page to myself a few minutes ago and haven't gotten it yet.
Now that I've seen it, I don't think I'll be using it any more. It just doesn't have anything that I couldn't already do just as fast, and I never e-mail people about pages.
I had to take off the toolbar though because I cant have the bars taking up so much space :)~ and im not tossing google for this one yet (:
I hope they have good luck with it.
ew: I turn googles off most of the time any way. I feel a bit more secure using teoma's. All that back channel chatter with googles, is unnerving. I don't know if Teoma's is any better, but after a few packet sniffs, it - well, fire one up and you make the call.
What would it take for you to load another search tool bar, and dump your Google tool bar?
The ability to add your own bookmarks?
The ability to customize the look and feel?
The ability to get live updates when certain web pages change?
Or for the SEO crowd, the ability to see how your Overture listings are doing (rank, cpc, changes, ROI, etc.)
Find some newbie who has no search bar installed, get them to install one, and chances are that will be their default search engine for future use.
Might it be time for Google to add functionality beyond search to increase the switching cost for users existing users? A mobile bookmark file or something like that?
It's worst than google, they can not only tell what you are interested in but also who should share the same interest as you and also they can
tell what is hot on the web just by counting how many times an url is forwarded by email. They can also build a map of who know who by using from/to email pairs...
I had the same idea 6 month ago but unfortunately such a feature require a powerfull backend that I don't have.
My analysis of such an "email this page to a friend" function is far more complete than their current implementation. If only somebody could share some web server that could support the load with me...
The Teoma toolbar use a webbug hosted at akamai
The send to a friend system use an http POST request to
and you can type any address you wish ...
So if you want that Santa Claus to email your friend ... use teoma toolbar.
It doesn't do any check, doesn't require registration prior use and if you have a "friend" who send you every page he his looking at on the web I guess that your mailbox can become full of unsolicited mail. Maybe there is a trigger to stop sending more than X emails to an email address ?
Currious people may want to have a look at C:\WINNT\system32 (or equivalent) and search for
a file teoma*.cfg ...
I haven't tried to do it yet but maybe by writing a worm that search for and patch this file you may catch the forwarded emails... I repeat ... it's not tried but with some much configurable options from a config file it *MAY* be possible.
Curious people may have a look at this url "www.theamk.com" found in the dll.
It does, however, have Alt+S to focus the search field in the toolbar (Google uses Alt+G). This is good because the first thing you're going to do after focusing the search field is type a search phrase using the keyboard.
The Teoma toolbar makes it easy to add and remove toolbar buttons. I like that.
The "Email this page to a friend" feature is useless. It creates a message that advertises the Teoma search bar and almost hides the information you were trying to send. Unlike the "Send Page" feature in IE and Mozilla, Teoma only sends a link to the page (like IE's and Mozilla's "Send Link"), but it doesn't tell you this.
Problems with BOTH toolbars:
* Neither Google nor Teoma makes their toolbar Search button search for selected text. (Same with the search buttons built into IE and Mozilla.) You can drag the selection into the search textbox, but that's awkward.
* Clicking search brings you to a page with a search box but does not focus the search box for you. In contrast, the front page for each search engine focuses the search box automatically, saving you a mouse click.
* Pasted Japanese text comes out as a bunch of question marks, and clicking search actually searches for question marks (%3f).
* The only version available is for Internet Explorer for Windows.
In teomab*.cfg in winnt\system32
change the following text
// keyword extraction
// keyword extraction
Not test but I think that should work.
Hmmm after all this I have to say that I'm not very impressed by this toolbar. It look like an early beta.
Continuing from my previous post, would you want the perfect search tool bar to:
1) Focus just on search (web search, site search, page search)
2) Focus just on navigation (add custom bookmarks, history, other browser like stuff)
3) Be like a portal in a tool bar (add stock quotes, sports scores, integrate with IM, etc)
4) Allow for ultimate personalization (look and feel, colors, shapes, etc)