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Have you ever wanted to search for something on the Internet and just didn't know where to begin, or how to phrase your search in a way that would actually get you correct results? Gimpsy (http://www.gimpsy.com) offers a radically new solution to this common problem.
Unlike traditional search tools that require manipulation of keywords and phrases, Gimpsy provides a Natural Language Search facility. Simply complete the sentence 'I want to...' and obtain the list of sites where you can do whatever you asked for. Gimpsy understands requests like "Buy computer books", "Chat about wrestling", "Play a space simulation game", "Download shareware screensaver for Windows" or even "Write to Santa". No unrelated sites, no hassle - just precise results.
The key to Gimpsy's ability to match sites to users' requests is its singular classification method. Instead of classifying sites using broad areas of life, like 'business', 'entertainment', 'health' or 'government', Gimpsy starts the classification with the service provided by the site. What can users actually do on the site? Accordingly, sites are categorized by actions such as 'buy', 'play', 'listen', 'chat' and 'bet'.
Mr Christopher Ridings, a Search Engines expert from http://www.supportforums.org commented: “Gimpsy is probably the best thought out directory I've ever seen. It's best used when you want to do something in particular, and not just look for information. … Gimpsy outstrips all in its class and when used for the right kind of query should be ideal for new searchers and experienced searchers alike.”
"Active Sites for Active People" is the company's message. An international team of expert editors hand select every site to ensure that it meets Gimpsy's strict inclusion criteria. "Of course this is a long and laborious task, but it's the only way to achieve the high standards we set ourselves." says Mordechai Chachamu, the founder and CEO of The Parity Bit Ltd., the company that owns and develops Gimpsy.
For the experienced users, Gimpsy offers many ways to further refine the search results. For example, they can be limited by geographical location or by payment requirement. Registered users can keep sites they like in a special 'favourites' list. They also gain access to the internal discussion forum, where they may communicate directly with the Gimpsy team.
In development for the last 18 months, Gimpsy's interface is as clean, simple and functional as possible. "We aim to provide the best 'finding service' and continuously work to refine and improve it. Anything that gets in the way is thrown out", says Mr Chachamu. Hence, no banners, pop-ups, buttons or elaborate graphics to slow down response time. One concession was made, though. It is the picture of a cute hamster pet, who gave the site its unusual name.
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