Some people have come to believe that Google is the be-all and end-all of search engines. Yes, many of us turn to the big G for most of our web search needs, but we still turn to other sites for other purposes. We search Amazon for books, LastFM for music, and Wikipedia for answers, for instance.
Rather than opening multiple web browser windows and going to each of these sites individually, it is much more convenient to go to just one place and get all the search results aggregated for you. Favitt addresses this precise concept, making your online life just a little bit easier.
As we go through this review, we’ll take a look at what Favitt has to offer and whether it should become your search engine of choice.
Search Everything with Favitt
When you go to the main Favitt homepage, you’ll be presented with a rather familiar interface. It almost looks like Google, except the background is black and the tabs above the search bar offer different options.
The main idea, as you can probably fathom, is that you can enter your search term once and be presented with the search results from all these different sources. Even though only five search engines are shown as tabs above the search bar, there are more available when you hit the “more” button to the left.
It should be noted, however, that not all the search engine results are shown on a single page. Instead, you toggle between the results by clicking on the appropriate links.
Monetizing the Search Engine Results Page
Favitt has to make money somehow, since it is a free service. That’s why there are sponsored links and other advertising on the search engine results page.
This is the page that I got when I searched for “michael kwan” on Bing using Favitt. There is a Google AdSense banner at the top, as well as one at the bottom of the page. The search results themselves could be monetized as well.
In addition to the Bing results, I was also shown truncated search results for YouTube, Twitter, and Google News along the right sidebar. Going further, I could click on any of the search option links on the left to access more results from Digg, Yelp, Answers, and so on.
Customize Your Links Too
If you want to use Favitt as your main homepage, you can also sign up for a free account and start the customization process. Beyond the search engines, you can also add your own bookmarks and “favorite sites.”
Ditch the Black for Something More
Whether or not you choose to sign up for a free Favitt account, you can customize the background image to suit your personal preferences. To try this out, I created favitt.com/michaelkwan and swapped the background for an image I created during my trip to Banff.
That certainly adds some personality to the page. Further still, you can adjust the position of the search bar to your liking too. The default is to have it in the center, but you can move it to any of the four corners instead. In this instance, I placed the search bar in the top-right.
Possible Branding Problems for Favitt
On more than one occasion as I prepared and wrote this review, I misspelled Favitt as Favvit. This is probably going to be a common instance until the search engine becomes a better known brand in its own right. Maybe it’s just me.
As it stands, the functionality of Favitt is quite good, giving you access to multiple search engines from one convenient location. The search results page feels a little clunky with so many “widgets” in different positions, but it is still easy to find what you need. It is free to use, so there’s no harm in giving Favitt a try.