The people at Younanimous decided that they needed a name change, so instead of just sending us an email asking us to edit and/or add a quick note to the ReviewMe review we posted here not that long ago, the three guys running the show decided to fork over another $300 and order a whole new review for the “new” site, herein referred to as AfterVote.
What’s Up With the Name Change?
Well, apparently after ordering up a bunch of reviews and listening to the feedback received from the general public, they discovered that it was far too easy to misspell “Younanimous”. The domain name sounds clever when spoken, but I have to admit that it does look kind of odd when actually typed out. As such, they wanted to get a domain that was easier to remember (and easier to spell), and thus AfterVote was born.
I understand the thought process behind the AfterVote name — your search results are what you get after all the votes are tallied from the different search engines, users, preferences, and so on — but it just doesn’t have the same ring as Younanimous. It’s just not as catchy. I’m not sure what else I could have suggested, as I’m not all that creative with domain names, but I wonder if they would have done better with a nonsense word like Google or Yahoo. Paying homage to the old moniker, AfterVote now carries the tagline “Search Younanimously”.
When you visit the new AfterVote site, you’ll notice that just about everything looks and feels the same. The layout is identical, the material found on the About and FAQ pages remains largely unchanged, and they’ve maintained the same yellow and white color scheme from the old site. The logo is different, naturally, to match with the new name, but by and large, you still get the same thing from AfterVote as you did from Younanimous: a social meta search engine that is designed to give you the most relevant results every time.
Bugs Fixed and Fun Additions
To keep track of what’s going on in AfterVote land, I took a gander at the company blog. There, I learned that the team running the social search engine are Ron “The Beast”, Dan “The Mad Scientist”, and Trite “The Slave”. I also found a list of websites and publications that have given AfterVote/Younanimous some press love, including John Chow dot Com. But the most important part to the blog, other than the blog entries themselves, is the Changelog (clog? glog? chlog?).
Some of things that have changed since we last had a look at AfterVote (then Younanimous) are:
- More than one page of results available now (adjust in your personal settings)
- Some “text clutter” has been removed from the settings tab
- Plugins tab now has Select All and Select None buttons
- Blacklist and whitelist interface edited
- Added several new plug-ins like Google Translate, Archive.org, Technorati, Yahoo! MyWeb, Email result, etc.
While all of those new plug-ins add quite a bit of functionality, I think the greatest improvement is that they are now out of “alpha” and possibly into “beta”, because you can get more than one page of search results. That said, you should be getting the most relevant results on the first page anyways, because AfterVote gathers up all that information from Google, MSN, and Yahoo! and combines it with their propriety active (and passive) voting system to bump up the good stuff and bump down the not-so-good stuff.
The single greatest weakness that AfterVote has at this time is that it is necessarily slower than some of the other major search engines out there. I mentioned this in the previous review. This lack of speed is because AfterVote has to culminate the results from three other search engines and then run it through a custom algorithm before giving you any results. While the wait may only be a second or two long, it does not have the same level of efficiency as a conventional search engine. Do you save time in the long run because the results are more relevant? Maybe. But most users won’t notice that until they’ve used AfterVote for a while and if you turn off the initial visitor by the lack of speed, they might not come back.