Until recently, Wikiwix, the search engine run by the web company Linterweb, gave only results out of Wikimedia projects. But we now want to give you the possibility to also perform, thanks to Wikiwix, searches on social network and bookmarking accounts (Delicious, Netvibes, Twitter, Google Reader, Identi.ca, Digg, and so on). It’s a new service, and it’s called Wikimarks.
Let’s suppose that you want to perform searches on , for instance, one or several Twitter or Delicious accounts. Then you need to go to the Wikimarks login page: http://wikiwix.com/wikimarks/index.php.
You’ll have first to set up a new account (nothing easier, you just have to enter a mail address and choose a password for this new account).
On this page you can manage which social network accounts you want to be performed on: for instance, if you want to perform searches through the Twitter account named Wikipedia, you just have to write Wikipedia in the corresponding box and click onto the Add button (you don’t even need to have personally your own Twitter account, you can add any Twitter account, that is, any Twitter user name on the account of whom you’ll want to perform searches). Next, Wikimarks indexes all pages that have been tweeted on this Wikipedia account, and you can subsequently perform searches restricted to these pages. You can of course also add more accounts of various websites: Delicious, Twitter, Identica, Digg. You can also add simple RSS feeds, as well as OPML web page lists (OPML is a file format, that is among others used by web sites such as Google Reader or Netvibes; so that you can add and perform searches on your Google Reader or Netvibes feeds).
Now you are ready to perform searches: type search terms in the search box (at the right bottom of the page), and hit Enter on your keyboard or click the Search button to display the results page.
So, now you have customized your search engine and you can restrict your searches to your favourite Streams.
The current version of Wikimarks is still a beta version, and a lot has to be done yet, but we hope you’ll want to give it a try and let us know your feed back on our blog.
Next time I’ll speak of possible applications of Wikimarks.
Take care Matthieu.
Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:
- Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
- Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
- a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
- a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.