Jan 212009
 


If you are like me and you usually have Google set as your home page so you can do instant searches the moment that you open up your browser window, whether it be Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer you might want to consider using Shiny Search.

I have visited this website where you are presented with a simple customization choice, choose your background and then enter your name or handle you want to be displayed:

shinysearch-home

I chose black skulls as my background and my online ID (Dragon Blogger) and I was presented with a customized and visually appealing Google Search page. You type in a search and it will query Google and show you all Google Search results.

Here is what Black Skulls background looks like with the search engine box:
blackskulls

But more than just simply searching, if you notice the top left of the page you will see an array of drop down lists. You can easily have access to 1 click email, social networks, news sites and miscellaneous resources like Craigslist, Amazon.com, Wikipedia…etc.

See the drop down list:
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There are dozens of different backgrounds separated out for “Boys and Girls” and if you are the type of person who just uses a plain Google search page as your home page, you mine as well customize it a bit so its more visually appealing and you have 1 click access to some other useful sites right from your homepage.

  • Update: Removing Shiny Search

As I mentioned in the comments, if you choose to stop using Shiny Search or you want to “reset” the customization so you can start from scratch again, all you need to do is clear your browser cookies and reset your browser home page to the web site of your choosing. This will prevent Shiny Search from being the home page, and clear the Shiny Search cookie

Shiny Search does not install as an add-on or plug-in, just a cookie and sets as homepage.

-Dragon Blogger

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Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
Justin Germino
Justin Germino
  • gagay

    Good day!

    huhuhu!i am needing now your opinion!

    how to deal with long distance relationship?

    gagay

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      I have never dealt with a long distance relationship, I wouldn’t know the answer, but would have some suggestions: Get video conferencing (web cams, skype…etc) see each other, talk to each other as often as possible and visit each other in person as often as you can. If you really care about this person and they care about you, consider relocating. Ultimately, I would move anywhere to be with the person I wanted to be with no matter the circumstance.

  • http://nukeit.org/ fuzion

    Pretty unique artwork… emo as hell, but still unique. Now only if they would do something like that with scroogle.

    Also, are you having spam problems?

  • http://buddhaofhollywood.blogspot.com/ buddhaofhollywood

    Wow!
    I was just browsing arround with nothing better to do.
    I had to stop and say:
    Very impressive blog!
    I wish mine was at least half as good :(

    buddhaofhollywoods last blog post..Enlightenment 105

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      Thank you very much, I appreciate the feedback and glad I can impress.

  • kevin

    So do you know how to REMOVE Shiny Search once it’s installed? Is it an “add-in” or an installable program? I am a tech support person and am getting user complaints about Shiny Search. Not much out there on Google other than the site itself and your post here. Any help is appreciated.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      Yes, Shiny Search sets a cookie and itself as your homepage. All you need to do is clear browser cookies, and reset the home page via your browser options to something else. This will remove Shiny Search as the homepage, and the cookie that keeps your customization.

      It does not install as an add-on or plug-in, just a cookie and sets as homepage.

  • kayla

    i like this page i just wanted to kno can u be a mebber of it?

    thankss

  • kayla

    Hello
    added me on msn kturnock11@hotmail.com
    or my bebo page ka-larox1995

  • http://yahoo.com jasmine

    it is all about me and you!!!

  • GP

    ShinySearch is really a awsome service, thanks for letting us know

  • ya face

    you has a good home page thingy

  • Hredey

    hi
    cud ny tell me how does shiny search changes the name of a personalized home page with a different font every time,especially say a name in english script resembling a different language (hindi) font? is there ny software available 4 it ?

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      I honestly don’t know the answer, I don’t know the service in depth. You could try contacting the developer.