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  • What is Ambiently?

    Ambiently is a web discovery engine. While a search engine answers your query with a list of web links, a discovery engine provides you with relevant web links directly from any webpage you are on.

    These web links will lead you to webpages related to the page you are viewing, help you find more new information, and even surprise you with unexpected and useful web resources.

  • How do I use Ambiently?

    From any webpage you are veiwing, one click on a toggle button takes you to an "ambient page." That ambient page displays a list of relevant webpage links. Usually these links are related to the current webpage. You scan this page and check out listed webpages, just like using a search results page.

    No matter if you are happy or not with the current webpage, you can go to its ambient page to see more related webpage links. It is an easy way to find interesting information.

    When you are on the ambient page, one click on the toggle button switches you back to the current webpage.

  • How do I get that toggle button?

    Before using Ambiently, you need to drag and drop a toggle button onto your browser. It is simple to do that. No download/installation is needed.

    Ie_icon If you use Internet Explorer (IE) click here.

    Firefox_icon If you use Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Chrome click here.

  • Can I open an ambient page in a new tab?

    Sorry, the current button (bookmarklet) only replaces the current page with the ambient page.

    The reason is that some popup blockers might block our bookmarklet from doing its job! Some popup blockers can be triggered when our bookmarklet tries to open a new tab (or window) via JavaScript, especially since the destination page is on a domain different from the starting page.

    Another thing to consider is that many users prefer opening an ambient page in the same tab.

    We are considering offering a "custom" bookmarklet generator that would allow users to choose whether or not their button opens a new tab or not, and possibly other features. If such a feature interests you, send us an email and let us know.

  • What does the "Jump" button do?

    Sometimes you see an interesting link on an ambient page. You want to get more links just like that. With the standard approach, you click the link, go to that webpage, and then click the "Ambient Page" bookmarklet to see a new ambient page.

    The "Jump" button gives you a convenient shortcut. It allows you to skip the webpage and lets you land directly on a new ambient page.

    What Ambiently essentially does is to connect semantically-related webpages together. Using the "Jump" button, you can move from one cluster of related pages to another, helping you find the needed information easily and quickly.

  • Why are links on an ambient page not always relevant?

    This is caused by a combination of many factors: the data structure of the original webpage, the data Ambiently can get from that site, the current scope/capability of our algorithms and rules, and the limitation of our foreign language support, among others.

    Currently, Ambiently is in its public beta trial period. Our team is working hard to improve the quality and relevancy of ambient links.

  • What are the differences between Ambiently and a search engine?

    Most obviously, Ambiently is simpler than a search engine. On a search engine, you need to think of a good query and type it into a search box. Using Ambiently, all these steps are unnecessary. With Ambiently, all you need to do is to click a button. That action leads to a list of web links related to the current webpage. In other words, every webpage now is an automated "search engine" for a special topic, i.e., the topic of the page.

    One of the biggest problems with today’s search experience is that we often know roughly what we want but cannot easily think of the right query. Sometimes our need is broader than a simple query can describe. With Ambiently, this action is not necessary. You get relevant web information by one click.

    Using a search engine, you get web links related to your query. However, you also get web links related to the webpages you are reading, viewing, or enjoying. As the noted author Peter Morville said, the future of search will be "a future where search and browsing work together." Ambiently is doing just that.

  • Besides English, what languages does Ambiently support?

    Ambiently supports most western languages, English, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Portuguese, among many others. Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are partially supported at this moment, with some optimization work still under way. Simplified Chinese support is being worked on right now.


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