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YABS: yet another blog search

Well, not quite. Chris Pirillo's gada.be site is a metasearch service with a simple interface designed for mobile users. Not only does it have a nice clean look with just a search box and a drop-down menu for the type of search (photo, blog, kitchen sink...); you can also construct the search in the URL. Instead of going to www.gada.be and typing in Flex Builder you can go straight to flex-builder.gada.be. Want some photos of Mount Rainier? mount-rainier.gada.be/p. Dashes separate words; a dot in-between says you're searching for a phrase. Results come out as RSS so you can re-use them as a feed or piped into a gadget (side note: IE 7's search box will use the A9 OpenSearch spec for syndicated search results, which should move result re-use up a level). It searches all the usual suspects, plus welcome extras like Flickr and plenty of search tools I've never heard of. Very nifty, very elegant.

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