SearchTeam.com is built with you in mind. If you need help figuring out how to edit, save your search results, organize your findings, or collaborate with trusted people, you'll find answers here.
Creating and Using SearchSpaces
Search for Information: SearchTeam works like most other search engines, with one key difference. It is geared towards searches where you are digging deeper for information or actively researching a specific topic. To support this kind of searching, SearchTeam introduces the concept of a SearchSpace, a place where you can actively research a topic of information over time, and together with other people. Your new search for a specific topic will start with creating a SearchSpace on that topic. After you have signed into SearchTeam, you can simply enter the terms representing the topic and get started. You will be taken to a new SearchSpace on that topic. Once inside there, your searching experience will be like that of most other search engines – you can type in terms, choose your sources and search for results. SearchTeam can search for online resources to find Web sites, books, articles, videos, images on that topic.
Select Sources for Your Search: Before you click “search,” you can use the drop-down box inside the search box to select which sources you'd like SearchTeam to scour for you. Choose Web sites, videos, images, books & articles, reference (Wikipedia), and educational sources. Then hit “search,” and SearchTeam will look for information about your topic/issue only within the source you've specified.
Edit Your Search Results: A distinguishing feature of SearchTeam is the manner in which you can edit your search results. Each link/URL in your list of search results has a big button that says “Save to Folder”, and a “Delete” link. Clicking on “Save To Folder” allows you to save and organize your results into folders (see next item). Your folders in this SearchSpace are shown to the right of the search box on the top of the page. Clicking on the “Delete” link removes the search result from your view.
Create Folders to Organize Results: When you click on “Save To Folder” to save a search result, a pop-up window will appear to help you create the folders into which you'll organize what you find. If you're creating a new folder, type the name of the folder into the text box and hit “save” to save it or “cancel” to cancel it. If you've already created a folder (or folders), they will be listed to the right of the search box, and you can click on any folder to save your link/URL in that folder. Once saved, folder icons with each folder's name will appear horizontally across the top of your SearchSpace. SearchTeam also keeps track of how many folders you have (the number will appear in the upper right corner; it also offers ideas for additional folders by clicking on the word “Suggested”.
You can also create a new folder simply by clicking on “New Folder” in the horizontal bar across the top of your SearchTeam interface.
Manage Your Folders: If you decide you'd like to edit, manage or change your folders, simply click on a folder. Under its title (upper right corner), you can choose:
- “Edit” to rename the folder
- “Remove” to delete the folder
- “History” to see activity that's taken place inside that folder
You can also click and drag the folder title in the folder strip (to the right of the search box in your SearchSpace) and move it to reorder your folders.
Comment on items: Do you have something to say about a particular link or result you have saved? Click on ” Leave a Comment” and do that….leave a comment! If you invite others to collaborate with you, they'll be able to see the comments you left, and vice versa.
Liking items: Do you like a specific result item that has been saved into a folder? Click on “Like” for that item! If you invite others to collaborate with you, they'll be able to see the items you've liked, and vice versa.
Editing items: Click on Edit by the side of the item you wish to change, and you can readily change the title, url, annotation / summary, as well as image associated with that item.
Add a File: You can add your own files to a SearchSpace. Click on a folder in the SearchSpace where you want to add a file. Scroll to the bottom of the folder page, and click on the “Add a File” link. Follow the instructions in the popup dialog to upload a file and add it to the folder.
Add a Link: You can add your own link to a web page, web site, video or other online resources to a SearchSpace. Click on a folder in the SearchSpace where you want to add a new link. Scroll to the bottom of the folder page, and click on “Add a URL” link. Follow the instructions in the popup dialog to add a new link to this folder.
Invite Others to Search With You: SearchTeam's differentiating feature is your ability to invite people you trust to search with you in real time. If you would like someone's help on a particular search, move your cursor to the right of the screen and click on “Invite” in the space titled “Search With You” on the right pane. A pop-up window appears. You can type the email address(es) of the person you want to help you search, and that person will receive an email notice from SearchTeam. As soon as they click on the link in the email, they will have access to your SearchSpace.
Chat with Trusted Friends While you Search: If you and your search collaborator(s) are online at the same time, click on “Team Talk” on the right-hand side of your search page to enable the chat function. It works like every other chat tool; you and your trusted friend(s) can ask questions, comment on each others' searches/discoveries, offer suggestions, etc. The main difference is that this chatting works to connect all collaborators in a given SearchSpace. Collaborators who were offline at the time a chat session was started, will see the chat stream when they enter the SearchSpace the next time.
Start a new SearchSpace: If you've finished researching one topic and want to start a SearchSpace on another, simply click on your Dashboard tab and enter a new search in the search box. You can now start a new SearchSpace from scratch. (If you stay within a current SearchSpace and type in a new search query, you'll have to save items to a folder within that SearchSpace).
Delete a SearchSpace: Maybe it's gone stale. Maybe you don't need it anymore. Whenever a SearchSpace has outlived its usefulness, don't hesitate to clear it out. Simply click on your Dashboard tab to find a complete list of all your SearchSpaces. Click “remove” next to each outdated SearchSpace to delete it.
Sign up: You can create a new account on SearchTeam very easily with a valid email address. But if you choose, you can sign into SearchTeam using your current Facebook account, your Google account or Yahoo ID.
Forgot your password? If you can't remember your password to SearchTeam, click on “Forgot Password?” on the home page, and a pop-up box will appear. Type your email address into it, and you'll quickly receive an email with instructions on how to log in and re-set your password.
Add/Import Your Contacts: You can invite trusted friends to search with you in two ways, and both start by clicking on the “Contacts” tab.
- If you want to add each contact separately, click on “Add Contact” and type in the person's name and e-mail address. Done!
- If you want to import your contacts from other e-mail programs, click on “Import Contacts” to get to the correct page. From here, choose the e-mail program/service you want to import from: Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Live Mail/Hotmail, and Import from CSV file. Follow the instructions and give the site time to load your contacts, especially if you have a lot.