The image at the top of this post is the landing page for Addict-o-matic. A search engine that enables you to “instantly create a custom page with the latest buzz on any topic” as well as search top news stories in general, Addict-o-matic could become your one-stop site for online goings-on. Here’s what happens when you go to the site: at the top of the page is a search bar into which you enter your term(s). When you click “Create”, the site pulls top results from popular news, image, video and blog sites such as Google, Yahoo, Ask, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Bing, Technorati and WordPress and displays them all on one page. Look below for an example of my results for “masonry architecture.”
As you can see, each section displays 3-5 current stories, images, blog posts or videos related to your search criterion. Now comes the fun part. You can customize your results page AND bookmark it for later! Addict-o-matic allows you to move, add or delete source boxes until you get just the look you want. It alters your url each time, so your bookmarked link remains organized to your liking.
But what if you don’t know what you’re looking for? Addict-o-matic can help you there, too! Under the main search bar is a button labled “Browse the News” which enables you to do just that. You can choose a broad topic or simply click “Top News” to get an assortment of stories from popular online news sources such as CNN, the New York Times, MSNBC, BBC, USA Today and Slate. In the footer, you can also browse by topics that include “Web Buzz”, “People”, “Politics” and “Hot Stuff”. Though you can’t get Addict-o-matic results in an RSS feed just yet, it’s probably only a matter of time. For now, I recommend adding it to your search bar and enjoying its broad capabilities.
Dave Pell is the founder of Addict-o-matic, which made its debut in late 2008. It’s tripled its number of unique visitors since then, topping 150,000 in the past couple months according to CrunchBase.com. Pell also founded Rollyo, another customizable search engine that allows the user to choose the type of sites included in the results. Crowd Favorite, an independent development and consulting firm based out of Denver, CO, is the developer for Addict-o-matic.