Wink Beta 2 is Live
Michael Tanne, the founder of Wink, announced this afternoon that Wink Beta 2 is now live at http://www.wink.com. Mr. Tanne stated that, “This is a major upgrade, with several new features and a number of improvements in user experience.”
Wink is a Social Search Engine that uses people’s contributions and feedback – like bookmarking, rating, and organizing links – to make it easier to find and share current, relevant results. TechAddress posted an article on September 6th, 2006 entitled, “Del.icio.us versus Wink: Who is Better?” that compared Wink versus its competitor Del.icio.us, which was recently acquired by Yahoo!.
Tanne continued to express that, “We know we are trying something really big – and challenging. People can help each other find the best information on the Web, better than machine-based algorithms alone. The big search engines do a fine job in many cases. But we think there’s more to searching the Web – like locating hard to find information, seeing what people have discovered recently and organizing results into related topics. It just takes a few people who take the time to weigh in with their preferences to create a super experience for everyone else.” People are invited to come check out Wink Beta 2. You can use Wink without signing in, but you’ll get the most out of it if you do sign in.
Here are some of the key features you’ll find at Wink 2:
Search – You can use Wink just like Google or Yahoo! But Wink results are selected by people as well as machines. When you like a result, click the thumbs up. When you don’t, click the thumbs down. If you see a result that just doesn’t belong – whether it’s spam or just irrelevant, click the ‘remove’ button and watch it disappear. This feedback is used to constantly refine Wink search results. And Wink includes Google search results so the best Web site can be found even if no one’s bookmarked it yet.
Collections – Wink Collections are a cool way for you to organize and share the best links on any topic. A collection can be about anything – funny videos, your favorite band, the best restaurants in your area, or research on a new gadget – you name it. You create a collection and add links to it and it shows up in search results. Others can add links to the Collection – a great way for people to share what they know and improve search.
Social Bookmarking – Using Wink’s social bookmarking tool, you can save favorite Web pages and add “tags” – terms that describe the page. You can bookmark any page you visit by placing the “Add to Wink” button in your browser, or bookmark right from the Wink result by clicking on a star. You can add tags and comments to help you remember the site later. It will also help others find the site. Users of the popular del.icio.us bookmark service can sync their bookmarks between Wink and del.icio.us.
Friends – Wink is a social search engine. It’s all about sharing great information with people. Connect with your friends and people you meet on-line. Find someone who’s expert in a topic that interests you or who’s created an awesome collection – add them as a friend. Check out who finds the best links – and connect with people who have similar interests.
Spam – More than ever, search results are filled with spam and the more clever the spammers get, the harder search engines have to work to weed it out. People know spam when they see it, and Wink allows you to get rid of it with a click. This blocks the spam for you and others and trains the Wink engine to avoid similar spam in the future.
Getting the Most out of Wink:
Doing these 5 things will enhance your Wink experience.
1. Save to Wink – From the tools page drag the “Save to Wink” bookmarklet button to your browser toolbar so you can bookmark pages wherever you go.
2. Install Search Plug-in (for Firefox, Flock or Safari) – install this plug-in to search from the browser search box
3. Sync with del.icio.us – from ‘My Page’ sync to and from your del.icio.us account, so your bookmarks are available anytime
4. Fill in Your Profile – upload a photo and add some detail, such as tags that describe you.
5. Create a Collection – from the ‘Collections’ page, create a collection on a topic that interests you
Even though there seems to still be a couple wrinkles to iron out, Wink Beta 2 is looking very impressive, useful and exciting and will only continue to get better.
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