Editors' Note: Wajam is available for both PC and Mac. This installer will add the plugin for the supported browsers installed on your PC. Learn how to uninstall Wajam.
There's no opinion shortage online, but who are you going to trust? Your friends, of course -- with help from Wajam for Windows. Wajam extends social searching to the wider Web. It uses data from your Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts to show you what your friends think about the things you want to know about, like restaurants, coffee shops, movies, records, and other stuff they've shared. Say you want to try a new restaurant, but you've heard mixed reviews. If any of your friends have tried it and shared an opinion, Wajam shows you what they think in a panel right next to your search results. Wajam for Windows is free and works with Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Safari.
Wajam installs as easily as any browser extension. How you manage Wajam depends on which browser you're using, of course; in Chrome, we found it under Tools/Extensions. Setting up Wajam involves some choices, such as allowing it to post on your behalf and access your news feeds. A message explains the options. To use Wajam, you must sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account, and then you can add more accounts, including Google+ and LinkedIn, at Wajam's Dashboard page, which also accesses your photos, videos, and other resources. Wajam works with most search engines as well as eBay, Amazon, IMDB, Wikipedia, and lots of other sites. You can sign in and then search or search first and sign in to Wajam only when you want to.
We signed in via Facebook and did a quick Google for a local restaurant. Sure enough, several friends had eaten there and shared their opinions of the food, service, and atmosphere. Wajam's developers were right: Those opinions were of far more use to us than any professional restaurant critic's review. Wajam also displayed a map, address, menu link, and scores based on reviews submitted by other users. Suppose everyone uses Wajam, and the hot dining spot is too crowded? There's an app for that, too: With Wajam on your smartphone, Plan B is a few swipes away. But try Wajam, however you do it.
Wajam is a social search engine that gives you access to the knowledge of your friends. You can find results from your friends by searching directly at http://www.wajam.com or by installing the social search extension for your browser. When you search, you get a personalized social layer of your friends' comments, likes and recommendations for products, places, videos, links and photos.
The browser extension lets you bring social search with you everywhere you browse the web. Search in places like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon, Yelp, Trip Advisor, YouTube and Ebay, and get recommendations from your friends without having to change your search behavior.
When you do a search in Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter or Blekko, you'll find your most relevant Wajam result at the top of your search results. You'll also see information about who shared the item, any comments made about it and other friends that also shared that piece of content.
Above your top Wajam result, you'll find a breakdown of friends who have shared the most content related to your search. If you've saved or shared any results that are related to your search term, you'll be listed first, so it's easy to find your content again.