Socializing Search with Human Powered Search Engine, Mahalo

mahalo_logo.gifFirst, the background. Mahalo is a human-powered search engine launched sometime last year. If you’re not so into search engine technology, “human powered” simply means that unlike traditional search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Live Search, Mahalo creates organized, comprehensive, and spam free search results for the most popular search terms. With the word “human” appended to its description, it is but no wonder that Mahalo is gradually evolving from a simple search engine, into a collaborative tool where members can work together in building up a great resource for quality links.

Whew! So much for the historical background and on with the point of this post. Mahalo is starting to evolve from a mere search engine into a social networking application. In fact it just introduced new features called Mahalo Social and Mahalo Follow 2.0.

Mahalo Social lets you recommend links, make friends, share link with Mahalo friends and pretty much a lot of things that you can with other social networking sites.

mahalo_follow.gifThis social networking feature is a good feature in itself, but it becomes even better with the help of Mahalo Follow 2.0. Mahalo Follow lets you quickly recommend quality links using a toolbar. If you are familiar with Stumble Upon toolbar, that is similar to the Mahalo Follow toolbar.

mahalo_follow_toolbar.jpgThe Mahalo Toolbar lets you recommend a particular link whenever you encounter them and thinks that the links are so good and useful that Mahalo ought to include these links into the Mahalo search results page.

Now, if I have convinced you to start using Mahalo with this short write up, here are some tips on how you can start using it:

Hope you find those links useful.