Save time when you surf with this smart add-on that offers further recommendations based on your searches. We found its recommendations very helpful.
The program's Options menu allows you to enable specific search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Craigslist. You can also choose the maximum number of recommendations (up to five) for the program to fetch. A tiny bull's-eye icon appears next to each search result and it leads to a list of recommendations. Each recommendation was valid and relevant to the test searches we conducted. We could even drill down within the recommendations to keep refining our search.
Basically, this program weeds through of all the useless search results and can save you valuable time. Best of all, there's no charge for this effective and useful Firefox add-on.
From Surf Canyon :
Find stuff faster on Google, Yahoo! and Bing by digging out search results from as deep as page 100. Surf Canyon automates the discovery of relevant results buried in the search pages on Google, Yahoo! and Bing. It also adds image previews to Craigslist. Simply enter your query at one of these search engines as you always would. When you click a result that appeals to you, the extension automatically re-ranks the result set in order to bring forward what you need while suppressing what you don't want. 'Recommended' results can come from as deep as page 100. Settings and customizations are available at http://my.SurfCanyon.com. Check out the 'Odometer' to see how much mileage you're getting out of Surf Canyon. 'Surf Canyon is one of the best search tools I've seen for some time. You may quote me on that.' - Mark Gibbs, Network World 'If you like the idea of more personalized Web searches... you might like Surf Canyon... Surf Canyon worked well for me with multiple search engines, retrieving data from result pages I likely wouldn't have opened... your days of futile Web searching are numbered.' - The Mossberg Solution, Wall Street Journal
Surf Canyon is only ever installed by the explicit request of the user. Either you or someone with access to your computer must have installed it. Either way, it's very easy to remove.
As for the Pros, our application is designed to automatically help people uncover relevant results that might otherwise have remained buried by Google or Yahoo!. It does so by adding a dynamic layer to the search page that reacts in real-time to your selections. Check out http://blog.surfcanyon.com/2009/01/13/googles-searchwiki-surf-canyon-share-the-mossberg-solutions-column/ to see what the Walt Mossberg column in the WSJ had to say about it.
August 08, 2011
Version: Surf Canyon for Firefox 3.3.3
none that i know of
this software somehow got onto my PC. i didn't install it, and i wasn't asked if it was ok to install it. I'm pretty careful about those sorts of things. if the software works, i can't say, but one thing is clear, they're doing something illegal.
April 02, 2011
Version: Surf Canyon for Firefox 3.2
None that I can think of
Doesn't do what I need it to do
I'm looking for something that will search all of Craigslist. This isn't it.
It was a PITN to install - I had to download, click on it, then restart Firefox, thereby losing all my logins - and then when Firefox reopened all it did was bring up a Craigslist page which looked just like it always does except that pictures were showing. I guess if that helps you then go ahead and install it. But it didn't help me. And since I don't need whatever other enhanced search features it has I didn't bother checking into those. I'll add this to my ever-growing list of "5-minute download-install-uninstall"s.
This Firefox add-on installs and uninstalls exactly the same as every other Firefox add-on. In fact, Firefox add-ons don't even control the process - it is all managed by Firefox.
As for the functionality, it was never designed, or advertised, to "search all of Craigslist." In the past there have been some website that have attempted to do this but, unless I'm mistaken, they've all been shut down.
We're always available to http://www.surfcanyon.com/contact.jsp to respond to any feedback or questions.
April 03, 2010
Version: Surf Canyon for Firefox 3.0.4
There is a whole universe of useful information beyond the first page of your search results and Surf Canyon takes you there
None It's fresh It's useful It's easy What is not to like?
I uninstalled Surf Canyon about two weeks ago to do some maintainance on my computer. I answered the questions about why I was removing it. I explained that I
was reinstalling it soon and then I took the time to tell them how much I liked their product. I got a nice e-mail back about how they appreciated my kind words and how much it boosted their morale. I feel that for the internet to reach it's full potential we have to give the non brand names a shot. There are some truly brilliant, creative,beautiful minds out there and when we limit ourselves to the name brands we hurt ourselves and our fellow man by denying him or her the chance to show you what they can do. I do not want my grandchildren growing up with google search as their only choice. So I looked elsewhere and it feels quite good to support and have the chance to offer suggestions it give you a sense of taking part in the internet rather than just using it. It's a new and exciting adventure when a company like Surf Canyon responds to your e-mail with more than just an obligatory response
I have no regrets using Surf Canyon as my main search engine and since I got off my lazy butt the show my appreciation I have a sense of involvement. So take this for what it is worth
September 23, 2009
Version: Surf Canyon for Firefox 3.0
Rearranges and re-orders search results interspersing "sponsor" results without disclosing that they're paid or distinguishing them. Whether it makes Google results "better" strikes me as an open question.
Paid sponsor interference with order of Google search results, eliminating the neutrality of Google to benefit those who can afford to pay for higher placement.
Techcrunch.com, which maybe I'm wrong but I consider a reliable source, says of Search Canyon as well as an apparently similar app called ManagedQ: "[N]either one comes close to offering a better overall search experience than Google does on its own.
"Surf Canyon is an application that sits on top of regular search results....(Google doesn?t like it when other Websites re-order its search rankings, but Surf Canyon doesn?t rely on Google?s APIs to do what it does and thus feels that it is not bound by Google?s restrictions)."
The Search Canyon company itself, as quoted in the Crunchbase.com company profiles section, states, among other things: "The [Search Canyon] technology is...suited for targeting sponsored links, benefiting both users and advertisers."
It's certainly clear that advertisers benefit, but I'm dubious that users benefit from this paid sponsor interference with their search results.
Updated on May 8, 2013
Belated thanks for your belated response. But please note it's misleading to say the least to respond to a review almost three years after it was written with a comment stating that the article I quoted was four years old. If you've made progress, great, but you show a lack of integrity by denying the accuracy of a review that was (at minimum) accurate when written.
Again, I do appreciate your response, even three years after my review was written. No objections to that. Just please keep it honest.
Surf Canyon does not intersperse sponsored results and does not add any sponsored results to Google's search page. All of the Surf Canyon "recommendations" are organic results.
The Techcrunch article to which you are referring (http://techcrunch.com/2008/02/19/hijacking-search-surf-canyon-and-managedq-rethink-the-search-experience/) also says this:
"[Surf Canyon] offer[s] improvements to the pared-down search interface that we are all used to and point[s] to areas where search can be made better."
"... what I like best about Surf Canyon is the interface. It doesn't take you to another Web page. The recommended results just appear underneath the appropriate link. It feels more like an application than a cumbersome Website where you have to click through multiple pages to find what you want. Google could take a lesson in interface design from Surf Canyon here with all of its Ajax goodness."
The article is from four years ago and we've made considerable progress since then.
I really like how once you download the software, you can still go to Google, Yahoo or wherever and do your searching. Only once you have Surf Canyon, the searching is so much EASIER! Instead of pouring through countless pages of the wrong information, Surf Canyon will find EXACTLY what I'm looking for and sort it all out for me. It's GREAT!