Although SortFix has been around for a while, I hadn’t heard of it until recently. I also didn’t really have a reason to give it a try because the vast majority of my Google searches were providing me with the results I was looking for.
The idea here is that you can do a normal search for something and then you will be presented with a screen that will allow you to narrow down your search using a graphical user interface (GUI). This will produce a search similar to something that a power searcher would do in Google. After doing this a few times, it becomes fairly evident how its done and one could start “power searching” on their own.
Now what’s exciting to me here is the potential. SortFix currently only uses Google as a backend search engine. There is nothing wrong with that considering that most of us only stick to one search engine anyway. However it would be great if SortFix could act as a meta search engine (a search engine that searches multiple other search engines) to do power searches and search the major players using your search terms, pair down the dupes and give you the results. Technically speaking, I am aware that this is no trivial task. But a unified search engine like that would certainly help quite a bit with finding what you’re looking for in a difficult search.
If you haven’t seen SortFix, then I’d head on over there. It’s a concept with some great potential and a cool user friendly searching style.