Spezify is a search engine with an aesthetic twist. Rather than presenting the information in a boring, uniform list, Spezify spices things up with images and snippets from various content that match the search terms. The page is filled with potential results in a way that is eye-catching. The downside is that some people may have a hard time wading through all of the images and article bits to find what they are looking for. When performing a casual search or doing a little looking on the web for entertainment, Spezify is a very good place to start.
The concept for Spezify was born out of the minds of Felix af Ekenstam and Per Persson. It was founded in Stockholm, Sweden and entered into beta in April of 2009. It was officially released on June 15th of the same year. The site was intended to give users a new way to search for things on the internet. Today, Spezify is still much the same with a very unique approach to search results and a fun, sleek site.
Spezify doesn’t just hand users a long list of text search results. The site allows users to get into the results page by returning each item in a more interesting way. The search results will show up as images, snippets of an article or user responses. Spezify easily provides users with a snapshot of the search terms entered. Although this may not be the most organized way to search, it is one of the more interesting methods out there.
The Spezify website is very unique, with a strong “fun” element to it. The logo, which features pink text and a colorful logo, set the tone for the smooth gliding navigation and interesting icons. Users who have visited before can get right down to searching. Others can read more about Spezify by clicking the About link. The Spezify website has the most personality of almost any other search engine themed website.
Spezify makes it easy for users to search for anything and get some interesting results. The function does not require an account, and anyone stopping by the site can perform a search at their leisure. No registration or sign up form is offered. That being said, the site does log searches so the user can return to them. The site does not say how long searches are logged for, or if they are saved indefinitely. For now, there is no registration process.
As a general rule of thumb, search engines are usually available to anyone for free. The want people to use them as their number one search source, and charging a fee would counter act that. Spezify works much the same way, allowing users to do as many searches as they like for free. There is no account creation and no premium account option is available. For the time being, anyone can perform a Spezify search without spending a dime. Whether or not more features will be added in the future to warrant a paid account has not been mentioned. Spezify is currently free with no indication of that changing anytime soon.
Spezify is a fun tool, although it is not the best choice for doing hard research online. Anyone who wants to casually search or look for interesting items as a form of entertainment can really get into Spezify. It’s a fun way to spend some time in front of a computer. You can find what you are looking for, but it will take some getting used to the search results format.