Today, I want to share with you how I use search engine gateway to find information. For those of you who know the term “search engine gateway” for the first time, I strongly recommend you to read the article “What is search engine gateway?” I wrote before and go to Navino’s website to see how it works.
Put it in simple, by adding a short search name, which represents one website, before the search keywords, I can search hundreds of search engines with just one search box. Search engine gateway gets the search name information and forwards me to the pre-defined search engine. For example, Navino defines “b” as Google’s blog search engine. So if I want to search something on “Linux”, I just use “b Linux” in my search box and the search gateway would forward me to Google’s blog search engine with the keyword “Linux”.
Navino has already defined some search names for most popular search engines. These search engines are assigned with one-letter search names for easy use. Some of them are Google, Yahoo’s stock information, Weather.com’s weather information, and dictionary.com’s dictionary search. Navino also allows you to recommend search names for some websites, but those search names are required to be approved for wide public interesting only.
Sometimes, a few search engines I want to use are not in Navino’s public search name database. Therefore, Navino also allows me to define private search names for personal use only. These search names are not required to be approved and can be used immediately after define.
One more trick when I use search engine gateway is, I define private search names as a shortcut to my favorite websites. For example, I defined “h” for Hotmail.com. When I want to check my email, I just put “h” in the search box and the gateway will forward me accordingly to the hotmail website.
I hope this article can help you to use search engine gateway better and smarter. And I also want to hear from you about your story how to use search engine gateway in the near future. Enjoy!