Search engines are a great way to find information on the internet, but the problem is that the search results that they give are very short and does not always provide the information that we are looking for. They only give a part of the indexed pages which most of the time is insufficient data. We have to browse the links provided only to find more links and less information. If you are doing research about a particular topic and using a search engine to do it, chances are you’ll end up browsing more than getting what you need right away.
ChunkIt is a Firefox plugin that will help you get information faster and better with your search results. What it does is browse the pages that appeared on let’s say Google search results and get chunks of information related to the keywords that you used. It highlights the keywords within the content which will allow you to access the information faster.
- ChunkIt searches within the pages of your engine’s results to find your search terms in context. You can then preview the resulting multicolored “chunks” for relevance without clicking on the actual page.
- ChunkIt digs deep inside a Webpage and all of the webpages it contents links to, leaving no stone unturned as it searches for information relevant to your search.
The plugin will divide you screen in two displaying the Chunked texts on the right side and the original page on the left. You can get chunks from browsers like Google and Yahoo and directly from websites. Chunking directly from websites is useful especially when you are browsing a huge website like Wikipedia.
ChunkIt is a great Firefox plugin but it is far from perfect. When I tested it, I experienced several errors and bugs. If you would like to test or try out the plugin, might I suggest that you go over their FAQ page first to find out about the errors. It also showed some conflicts with the current FF plugins that I’m using.
Check out the video below on how to use ChunkIt.