Andertoons 2.0 – Highlighted Search

OK, sorry for yesterday’s lack of Andertoons blogginess. AT&T seems to have things working this morning, but also called to tell me that my DSL may go back down. GRRR…


Another really fun new feature over at Andertoons, is something my programmer just sort of came up with on his own. Check out the cartoons below:

Highlighted Search

These came up in a search for the word “red.” True, neither cartoon is about the color, but at least you get to see why they came up in the search results.

See it? Look at the first cartoon’s caption – “Don’t think of it as being fired…” The “red” in “fired” is a different color and bolded.

Now this doesn’t always work. If a cartoons has “red” somewhere in the tags, it won’t show up here because I

m not showing tags on the search pages.

Still, it’s one of those little things I’d have never thought of, and one more great little detail that hopefully makes Andertoons more fun and useful.

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The Andertoons ChaCha

Ran across ChaCha again over at TechCrunch, and finally gave it a try. Here’s a transcript of my human guided search:

Status: Connecting …

Status: Looking for a guide …

Ring: …

Status: Connected to guide: joshua(79876)

joshua(79876): Welcome to ChaCha!

You: Hey there

You: I need some good business cartoons

joshua(79876): Welcome to ChaCha! Please wait a moment while I search for your results.

You: k

joshua(79876): Please be more specific as to what you’re looking for on this topic.

You: I just need some funny business cartoons for a presentation

You: Where could I purchase some?

joshua(79876): does it matter of what business the cartoons are about

You: Nope

You: Generic business

You: Sales and stuff

Then results started appearing in the right column:


I waited until four results showed up. to continue:

You: Cool, that Andertoons looks good

You: Thanks!

joshua(79876): no probuno momento por favor

joshua(79876): lno problem

joshua(79876): anything else i can help with today

You: Nope

joshua(79876): k have a nice day and thanks for choosing chacha

joshua(79876): Please RATE ME. Thanks for using ChaCha.

Status: Session ended.

I rated the guide as “GREAT” even though the results I got were under the heading “Health > Conditions and Diseases”

ChaCha is interesting, but dreadfully slow in a “I’ll just Google that real quick” world.

Anyway, kinda weird, but nice being #1.

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