Millions of users are taking back control
by using search engines that employ thumbshots to visually filter undesired sites.
MONTREAL, QC (PRWEB) February 13,
2004--It appears that part of the Internet experience requires clicking on links that lead
you to some unexpected surprises such as adult or sleazy sale sites. Recently, millions of
users are taking back control by using search engines that employ thumbshots to visually
filter undesired sites.
Thumbshots are thumbnail snapshots of web
pages providing preview functionality for search engines and directories. Thumbshots help
users gain control because users are able to see where they are going before clicking.
Hundreds of sites have already integrated thumbshots provided free from Thumbshots.org.
(http://www.thumbshots.org) is an open and non-profit initiative by Thumbshots.com
(http://www.thumbshots.com). Since the official launch in Dec. 2003, Thumbshots.org is now
serving 150 million thumbshots to over 4 million unique users worldwide every month.
Stephen Lim from Thumbshots.org explains
why users couldn't get enough of thumbshots. "We provide a useful service that gives
users more control and takes away the fear from nasty surprises. It's more than just a
preview, it's the entire thumbshot experience they enjoy," said Stephen. Thumbshots
help locate information faster and accurately resulting in an increase in productivity.
Web surfers around the world have been sending in their enthusiastic comments about
thumbshots. One user calls thumbshots "a fantastic idea. It has given searching a new
dimension." An ooBdoo.com user commented on how "searching is now so much
Users benefit from thumbshots because it
provides visual information not available in traditional search engines. Most sites have a
distinctive look and feel. A shopping site that is professional looking will attract more
buyers because the site projects an image of trust and credibility. Thumbshots can
highlight these subtle but important qualities that are not available in search results.
These powerful visual cues help users to accurately determine the relevancy of a site and
the quality of its content.
The visual aspect of thumbshots adds an
emotional component to search engines that never really existed. "Colors and images
can bring out a lot of emotions. People feel happy when they see a thumbshot of a puppy or
love when they see a thumbshot of heart-shaped chocolates. Similarly, a thumbshot of war
casualties can draw strong emotions of anger and sadness. A thumbshot is worth a thousand
words," said Stephen. Thumbshots add a human touch to search engines.
Many search engines and directories,
after adding thumbshots, have seen a tremendous improvement in popularity. Site traffic at
reacteur.com and ooBdoo.com skyrocketed by 60% and 40% respectively shortly after
integrating Thumbshots. "We implemented thumbshots on a new domain within a few
minutes and by the end of the same day, we already had emails from visitors commenting
what a great additional feature it was," said Conor O'Connor from domainsofspain.com.
Thumbshots play an important role in the
next generation of visual search. With the growing popularity of thumbshots, users may end
up seeing more of thumbshots in their favorite search engines like Yahoo!, Google,
Altavista, Vivisimo and Grokker.
The Open Thumbshots Project
(http://www.thumbshots.org) is an open and non-profit initiative by Smartdevil.com that
contributes back to the Internet community. Thumbshots.org provides free thumbshot preview
images available for download and by direct request. Thumbshots.org is made possible
through community efforts and donations.
(http://www.thumbshots.com) is the leading provider of thumbshots for Internet
search and directories. We provide and manage some of the world's largest document and
imaging repositories. Our primary focus is on e-commerce opportunities where an increasing
number of people embrace this viable new method of communication for doing business.