The worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s largest Web directory, dmoz.org, adds
previews allowing users to visualize links and go deeper into the directory with
the help of thumbshots.org.
Quebec, Canada (PRWEB) January 8
2004–The worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s largest Web directory, dmoz.org, adds previews allowing users
to visualize links and go deeper into the directory with the help of
The Open Directory Project (http://www.dmoz.org) now includes a red toggle ball on all its
pages to activate thumbshots or screenshots of Web pages in thumbnail sizes.
Thumbshots.org is a charitable initiative by Smartdevil.com that contributes its
technology back to the Internet community.
Since the official launch of
the thumbshots.org in December 2003, hundreds of Web sites have already
integrated thumbshots into their search engine, directory and content pages.
“IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m surprised by the rapid adoption of thumbshots. Our traffic has shot up
through the roof. We have sites using thumbshots for their search engines and
content sites even though we originally intended them for the Open Directory,
but we are pleased to welcome them all”, said Stephen Lim from
The ODP is used by millions of people everyday and powers
the core directory services for Google, AOL, Lycos, Netscape, HotBot and
hundreds of others. Stephen hopes that one day all search engines, directories
and software, such as Yahoo!, Looksmart, Overture, Superpages and Grokker, will
incorporate thumbshots so that millions of users can benefit from
Thumbshots increase search productivity and improve user
satisfaction because users are able to find the results they want faster and
accurately. Users feel more confident because they know what to expect when
clicking to a site, hence the expression “seeing is believing”.
recent online poll, 8 out of 10 users would want to see thumbshots made
available in their favorite search engines. “[ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦] most people like this
[thumbshot] function. We put it in beta test and launched a discussion about it
on our forum”, said Olivier Andrieu from Reacteur.com.
ODP editors are
praising about thumbshots. “I think that the display of the thumbshots adds
value in a similar fashion to Google’s display of pagerank and sorting”, posted
by an editor at Resource-Zone (http://resource-zone.com/showflat.php?Number=53603), a public
forum used by ODP editors. Editors are using thumbshots to help review links for
inclusion, maintain the categories, remove broken links and spot duplicates
sites in ODP. Since the implementation, thumbshots have already increased the
productivity of ODP editors and improved the quality of the
Thumbshots Project (http://www.thumbshots.org) is an open and non-profit
initiative by Smartdevil.com that contributes back to the Internet community.
Thumbshots.org provides free thumbshot preview images available for download and
by direct request. Thumbshots.org is made possible through community efforts and
Smartdevil Inc. (http://www.smartdevil.com) is
the leading provider of thumbshots for Internet search and directories.
Smartdevil provide and manage some of the world’s largest document and imaging
About Open Directory Project
Open Directory (http://www.dmoz.org) is the most widely distributed database
of Web content classified by humans. Its editorial standards body of
net-citizens provide the collective brain behind resource discovery on the Web.
The Open Directory powers the core directory services for the Web’s largest and
most popular search engines and portals, including Netscape Search, AOL Search,
Google, Lycos, HotBot, DirectHit, and hundreds of others.