Heapr: A Super Fast Meta Search Engine That Is Worth Using

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When you use Google to search for stuffs, how do you want it to be served – slow, normal or fast? I prefer it to be fast, that why when I was introduced to Heapr, I like it instantly.

Just like any other meta search engines out there, Heapr uses Google as its backend engine and display the search result to its users. What differentiate itself from the rest is that it is lightning fast, as fast as you start typing on the keyboard. Search results are displayed on the fly. As soon as you finished typing your search terms, the search result will be ready for you.

On the main screen, you don’t see a whole bunch of thing. Like Google, there is only a search bar in the center and several options in the header. There is no ads or whatsoever.

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With the use of AJAX, Heapr retrieves Google search result on the fly. As soon as you start typing on keypress, the search is performed immediately in the backend and the result is displayed instantly on the main page. This kind of make the “Search” button redundant since there won’t be any chance of you using it.

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If you think that is all Heapr can do, then you are wrong. Other than Google, Heapr also retrieves search results from Twitter, Wolfram Alpha or Wikipedia and display them alongside your Google search results. One interesting thing, on the Twitter search results, there is even a “Reply” link under each tweet where you can click to reply the tweet. Another thing, the Twitter search result is real time, so you will see your Twitter search column update every few seconds.

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Like Google, you can also specify if you want to search a site, an image or any other file types. There are five options that you can choose from: Web, Images, Videos, Twitter, Lite

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Web: default search options, showing Twitter, Wolfram Alpha or Wikipedia alongside Google search results
Images: Showing Google images and Flickr images in two column display
Videos: Default option is YouTube, but you can choose to search Hulu or Vimeo as well
Twitter: Perform a real time search of Twitter result. Page refreshed every second
Lite: Only Google search result. Nothing else.

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Other settings that you can configure include Google Suggest, Fast Search, Language and Country. By default, Heapr turns off Google Suggest (a dropdown list that suggests to you various search terms), but you can easily turn it on by clicking on the link beside the GoogleSuggest option.

For those who don’t like the search result to be retrieved on the fly, you can turn off the FastSearch.

Heapr is also available in multiple languages (14 in total) and you can choose the country to retrieve the search result from.

Last but not least, there is a Firefox addon that you can install to add Heapr into your search engine list. Personally, I find that this extension is useless and take up valuable resources. You can easily click the “Add to Browser” button at the top right corner of the Heapr page to achieve the same effect.

Personally, I really like the speed of Heapr and the ability to fetch results from various sites. If you have used Heapr, I am waiting to hear your experience.