It’s all very well for those of us who are Google ninjas and can find pretty much anything that’s there on the Intertubes. However, spare a thought for those youngsters trying to complete their homework, becoming more and more befuddled when they search for Hannibal (enemy of Rome) and end up with Hannibal (serial killer).
Hakia allows users to search semantically – i.e. for meaning rather than just words. It’s like an amazingly efficient version of Ask Jeeves (as was) in that users can ask questions and get meaningful results. I’ve taken it for a spin and I’ll be recommending it to my students. I’m happy with Google search, though – for the time being…. :p