Focused Searching with Unouit

One of the main features of Unouit is the Search Capability that lets you focus on what you are looking for and not what others want you to find.

The internet originally was a place intended mainly for sharing knowledge. But it has become a place where everybody wants to sell you one thing or another.

This Washington Post article is an interesting showcase how the commerce-driven search industry failed us. Although there is no denying that we ourselves contribute to this with our indifference and complacency.

Unouit wants to give knowledge acquisition the significance it once had and one of the ways we do this is by filtering all the stuff you – as a knowledge worker – are not interested in, when searching the net for valuable insights.

So we prepared a little screencast demonstrating this capability of Unouit. Enjoy!

Screencast of showing Unouit Search Capability

If you find this interesting, head over to unouit.com and give it a try.

How does Unouit compare to… (u name it)?

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Maybe you are curious about knowing how the feature set of Unouit compares to similar applications. Here is a comparison of the features as of February 17, 2020:

Feature Unouit Pocket Memex DuckDuckGo ReadCube
Searching
Integrated Search yes no no yes yes (only scientific papers)
Anonymous Search yes no no yes no
Automatically Filtered Content Search yes no no no yes (only scientific papers)
Manual Content Exclusion yes no no no no
Tracker Blocking yes no no partially using browser plugin (not all trackers caught)
yes (only scientific papers)
Domain Blacklisting by User yes no no no no
Single & Permanent Hit Exclusion yes no no no no
Displaying Content
Content Preview Pane yes no no no yes
Ad Blocking yes no no no n/a
Storing Content
Storing Content as Cleaned PDF yes no no n/a no
Private & Permanent Content Storage yes no no n/a no
Fulltext Search in Stored Content yes yes yes n/a no
Store HTML pages yes yes yes n/a no
Store PDF pages yes yes yes n/a no
Store images within content yes yes yes n/a yes
Store video within content no yes yes (?) n/a no
Synchronize Content
Upload Own Content yes no no n/a no
Import Content from Other Applications yes no no n/a no
Privacy
Registration and Login Required yes yes no n/a no
Pricing
Affordable for Anybody yes (range with “pay what you like”) no no n/a no
Other (Planned) Features
Content Automatic Semantic Tagging no (planned) yes no (?) n/a yes
Content Trustfullness Rating no (planned) no no no no
Content Aging Indicator no (planned) no no no no
Automatic Forgetting of Content no (planned) no no n/a no
Annotating HTML Content no (planned) yes yes n/a yes
Annotating PDF Content no (planned) no no n/a yes

 

Fed up by the internet as we know it?

The time is ripe

What happened to the internet? We are addicted to it. We can not do without it. We have “friends” we never see and that do nothing for us. We read fabricated “news” every day about irrelevant “facts”. Ads are disguised as information (“infomercials”). So-called “influencers” are used by the industry to sell us anything (from beauty products to insurance policies).

The original intent of the internet – being a place, where the knowledge of the world is shared, connected and spread widely – is barely recognizable anymore.

Even Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, sees the time is ripe to fundamentally change how the web is working to give us back the freedom the internet once promised to its users.

Moral problems

We can wait for a new web to materialize – though this might take a while, as commercial and political interests slow positive change down to a creep – or we can take matter in our own hands.

And although leading tech companies like Google are planning to protect us from abusive websites or like DuckDuckGo are trying to limit adverts imposed on us, there is something dishonest about these efforts. They need the advertisement to make a living.

Information Glut

But besides these commercially induced problems there is the pure overload with irrelevant, dumb, useless pieces of information and so we have to sift through the mud to unearth little gems of knowledge.

GoldPanning

Though there is a certain value in being able to shop online or to plan our next trip from our couch – when it comes to the activity of researching the web for valuable pieces of information, things like web shops, infomercial articles, ads are just getting in our way. It is like searching for that infamous gold nugget and having to sift through tons of sand.

We focus on easy knowledge acquisition

We at unouit.com were fed up with this and so we created a platform for focused knowledge acquisition. Our vision is, that you can easily find what you are searching for without all the nerve-racking issues which you would normally encounter.

So we created unouit.com with following goals in mind:

  • We filter all the crap for you (no shops, no ads, no tracking, no low content pages, no infomercials, etc.)
  • You can mark content you want to ignore and you will never be bothered with it again. This will make your search results continuously better for you and other Unouit users.
  • You can store content that is interesting and valuable for you in a safe place. Once you have stored it, it will be removed from future web searches for the same keywords. Instead you will find it in your private storage area.
  • We will never track you.
  • We will never sell your profile data.
  • Search engines will not be able to profile your surfing habits.
  • We will semantically connect your saved content, so we can show you relevant connections to other adjoining content, helping you discover further topics, without having to tag content manually.

So, how do we survive financially?

Our goal is to be self-financed, without resorting to selling advertisement or user data to third parties. So we will likely evolve into a pay-by-usage service in the medium to long run, with a free service to the casual or low-frequency user.

Currently we are cross-financing the development of the platform without any third parties involved, so we can control the evolution of the platform for the foreseeable future.

We want to remain independent from major players in the field to be able to maintain our record of integrity, respect and defense of our users.

What can you do?

We would like to shape the service with your needs in mind. So please do not hesitate to give us feedback on how we can improve and make it better.

Do you want to be part of the revolution, then head over to unouit.com and try it out. We are always adding new features and you can contribute to make the internet a pleasant place again.