Discover & Switch Between Different Search Engines With Boounce [Firefox]

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switch search engineWe regularly find and share various search tools that allow you to discover new search experiences and become search-savvier. Today’s Firefox addon is a great example of how tools can make searching much more fun.

Boounce is a new tool (which is still in beta) that is aimed at making you more search efficient. It lets you easily jump between various search engines and discover more topical search databases. Here’s the overview of its features:

1. Easily Jump To Other Search Engines

This option of the addon works similarly to the Greasemonkey scripts that allow you to jump from Google results to other search engines which I once shared. But Boounce supports both Google and Bing. In essence, once you search Google, it will invite you to perform the same search on other search engines:

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Each new search will open in a new tab.

2. Easily Compare Search Results (Google & Bing)

If you “boounce” from Google to Bing (or vice versa), you will have an option to hide the duplicate entries:

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If you choose to show the hidden entries, they will be highlighted in green:

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3. Quickly Search From The Toolbar

The addon comes equipped with a handy toolbar that lets you quickly perform and search (as well as switch between search engines) from the top of your browser. It can be toggled on and off using the tiny icon in the address bar.

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The most useful thing about the toolbar is that it is very flexible: you can switch between the “search engine groups” based on your query. For example, these are the following search groups by default:

  • “Images” search group contains Google Images, Flickr, Stock Images, etc;
  • “Downloads” search group lets you quickly “boounce” between download.cnet.com, downloadweb.org, megadownload.net and other app-related search engines, etc:

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To discover more search groups, just start typing in the “Search groups” field:

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All the search engines the tool operates can be found here.

Depending on the search group, the search options may slightly differ as well. For example, if you are looking for “jobs” you may be interested in restricting results by territory, so the toolbar will add the “zip code” field if you switch to the “Jobs” search group:

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Another important thing to mention about the toolbar is that it is dynamic. It will change when you use any topical search engine and suggest you more search options to click through. For example, if you search IMDB, the toolbar will suggest trying your search on Yahoo! Movies, Metacritic, etc. Moreover, it will automatically include your search term to save your time:

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The addon options let you turn on and off almost any of the above features including:

  • Google and Bing integration;
  • Identification of duplicate results; etc:

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Looks like a cool search tool! What are your thoughts?

One more important note here is that the tool claims to be community-driven: recommended search engines in the toolbar are picked based on the user behavior. That being said, we can hope that the tool will get better and better when more people start using it.

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Christian

I don’t know why it doesn’t work on my Firefox. :( The icons doesn’t show up.

Boounce Staff

Hi Christian. You can submit a bug report directly from your browser by clicking on the “oo” logo on the left side of the toolbar. Just select “submit a bug”. If you don’t see that, make sure you have the “toggleable” toolbar expanded by clicking on the “oo” logo on the top right of your browser. Sorry for the inconvenience. -Boounce staff.

Tina

Thank you for the clarification!

Saikat Basu

Are you using Firefox 4? It does show up in mine, no problems at all. Probably a bug somewhere. Try re-installing it.

Boounce Staff

Thank you Saikat. Yes, that is good advice. We actually did find a bug that was causing this for some users. It has been fixed. Thank you. -Boounce staff.

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yao qq

It can be used in Orca browser?

Boounce Staff

At this time, we only support Firefox and Chrome. Thank you. -Boounce staff.

Ann Smarty

Thanks for coming here to answer the users’ questions!

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