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A Tool To Add Turbo To Your Web Search
Tuesday • March 1, 2005
If you want something done right, sometimes you have got to do it yourself.
That is what Mr William Chee, a 21-year old National Service man, did.
Frustrated with the time-consuming and tedious process of having to access multiple search engines and running repeated searches to look for information, he developed TurboScout.com, a search tool that helps Internet users compare results from more than 90 search engines, including Google, Yahoo!, MSN Search and Ask Jeeves, on a single Web page.
In addition to Web page search, TurboScout.com lets you look for images and information from encyclopedias, news, blogs, songs and videos.
You can also get price comparisons from major online retailers and auction sites.
Search-engine marketing firms can use TurboScout.com as a tool for search engine optimisation and to determine the rankings of their client's websites in the various search engines.
Mr Chee told Today that he picked up programming on his own out of personal interest and created the search tool in June last year for personal use.
He decided to develop the tool in November after his friends found it useful as well.
Working through evenings and weekends, he managed to put the final product together in three months. The technical infrastructure expenses were sponsored by YourSay.com — a market research recruitment website run by his brother.
Mr Chee said that TurboScout.com is not meant to rival search engines. "It is an ally to search engines as it drives more traffic to them," he said.
"This is because TurboScout.com makes searching various search engines so quick and easy that users are more keen and willing to perform more searches."
Since its public release in January, TurboScout.com has attracted nearly 100,000 hits from more than 50 countries and "these numbers are growing every day".
The website has received positive feedback on online forums and blogs, with users giving testimonials on how TurboScout.com has saved them time in their online searches.
Mr Chee, who will be studying at the Nanyang Technological University's School of Accountancy later this year, is optimistic about the future of TurboScout.com. "My objective is to make TurboScout.com the first stop for anyone who wants to search online."
To achieve this objective, he intends to add more search categories and more search engines into TurboScout.com, while maintaining its simple and user-friendly interface.
"Who knows, if the right insightful investors come along, with their help, TurboScout.com could be groomed into a home-grown IPO success story like Google in the United States," he added.
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