Infoaxe is coming out of stealth mode today with (yet another) alternative search engine / social bookmarking tool, focused on indexing your own browsing history rather than the entire web or what you proactively indicate is important to remember for later.
Installing the infoaxe toolbar (works with IE and Firefox) basically enables users to ‘record’ public web browsing sessions with just one mouse click, after which they can search through their personal history from the toolbar itself or the infoaxe website. Also, the tool generates additional search results based on your ‘web memory’ alongside what you find on the web using traditional search engines (see demo video below to see it in action), and renders your delicious bookmarks searchable by sucking them into the indexed data.
Next to the twist on search, infoaxe also allows you to tag and share web pages, essentially competing directly against delicious, ma.gnolia and other social bookmarking services. In the future, the company also aims to serve as a discovery engine by offering personalized recommendations based on your web history.
Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone is really waiting for something like infoaxe. Personally, I find much more value in searching my delicious bookmarks because they contain all the web pages I felt were actually worth bookmarking instead of every random website I’ve ever visited. That said, infoaxe does have one cool feature dubbed ‘Pivot‘ that lets you search your web history based on a certain timeframe. E.g. when I’ve been researching a company and its competitors for a TechCrunch review in the past, Pivot would enable me to get an overview of all the pages I visited during the time I conducted the research.
Infoaxe, currently in alpha stage, was developed by Jonathan Siddharth and Vijay Krishnan when they were still grad students at Stanford. The company raised initial seed funding of $900,000 in March 2008 from Labrador Ventures, DFJ (Tim Draper), Band of Angels and Amidzad Ventures.
WebMynd has a similar approach for visualizing your web history, but is a bit more limited as it only works on Firefox, doesn’t have the same social sharing features and is not as portable as Infoaxe is because they don’t require their users to register.