I just finished playing with Google Coop which features a new Custom Search Engine (CSE) — it’s similar to Rollyo, with a couple of new additions. Here’s the TechCrunch post where I found it, and also check out the Google Documentation & FAQ.
From my initial tour, the two big differences that I could see were:
- The removal of the 25 site Rollyo limit. Looks like Google Coop will let you include “as many sites as you want”.
- No limit on the addition of advertising code such as Adsense, which will put some more pennies in the Google coffers. It also might inspire some web developers to create mini-Google’s for niche topics, and offer some segmentation of the web.
The obvious use for this will be a brandable site-wide search option for individual websites. And the second big one, will be the creation of custom search engines, like this… the new Slaw Bloggers Search, featuring Slaw.ca and all of our contributor’s individual blogs… Whew!! I gotta rest, that must have been a good 6.5 minutes of hard cut’n & past’n!! :-)