Blinx – a new tool for bloggers and other writers

Have you ever written a post and gotten the uncomfortable feeling that you might have covered the same subject before? Have you ever found yourself with hundreds of manuscripts and wondered if you had used the same plot device or turn of phrase before? Worse yet, you might be in the position of having stashed away several versions of a scene in various directories and can’t recall where they are now.

You might take the time to check out the capabilities of Blinkx. It’s a free search engine that will simplify the task of writing posts for your blog, and could revolutionize the task of organizing material in a novel. It provides a fast and sophisticated search of local documents on your hard drive, your email, newsfeeds, weblogs, video clips and more.

According to the Blinkx website, it is not designed to replace current search engines like Google or Yahoo, but is a completely new way to use information on the internet.

It has a slick little toolbar that floats in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and gives you immediate results from these different sources. It works with Google or with other search engines and it has to be experienced to be believed.

Blinkx is growing rapidly. Since its low-key launch at the end of July, some 800,000 people have downloaded the technology. Hundreds of thousands more are probably using it after downloading Blinkx from other websites or from CDs cover-mounted on magazines.

Kathy Rittweger, Blinkx’s founder feels that technology should take care of all the key words and be able to bring all the information to us before we ask. Says Rittweger, “This is about technology serving us.”

I just started using Blinkx today and find it to be the most useful tool in my blogging toolkit since Fred First introduced me to Note Tab Pro.

It also has a results visualizer that provides a picture of the information sources found on the web.

Thanks to Om Malik on Broadband for the original link to Blinkx.

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0 Responses to Blinx – a new tool for bloggers and other writers

  1. fred1st says:

    I almost blogged about Blinkx a few weeks ago upon hearing about it, but decided I should “field test” it first.

    It didn’t respond well for me, and I abandoned it for “Lookout”. http://www.lookoutsoft.com/Lookout/

    I’ll check back on future versions of Blinkx as it did seem to be a very potentially useful tool.

    NoteTabPro is still among my “most useful.”

  2. Sallie says:

    Thank-YOU. I needed that link. You always have the best advise and comments on life. Much appreciated. :-)!

  3. From what I have seen so far, Blinkx may be the workaround which allows a writer to access all of his documents as if they were entered in a database.

    This gives me a huge advantage, because my filing is based on the notion that I need everything spread out where I can locate it easily. The heirarchical approach to filing has never worked for me because I relate things in so many different ways.

    There are probably more of these “internal/external” search engines coming along, but I will continue to investigate Blinkx until I have a fulller understanding of its capabilities.

  4. Great reference! So many utilities are being developed so fast this millenium — I love the progress. Blinkx looks like it will be very valuable.

    -Anita

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