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Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by sturvs: 5:57am On Jun 10, 2008
STURVS has just launched the beta (test) version of its own search engine. The search engine searches the entire internet for search words/phrases but then also displays results from Sturvs.com to the right so you can see what Nigeria has to offer for every search.

http://search.sturvs.com/

SAMPLE SEARCHES
http://search.sturvs.com/search?query=9ice
http://search.sturvs.com/search?query=yaradua

Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by krama(m): 6:13am On Jun 10, 2008
Noted
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by KUNLEx: 8:31am On Jun 10, 2008
looks good!
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by niyyie(m): 2:54pm On Jun 10, 2008
I like the look and feel of the search feature. Its a good effort.
Keep it up.
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by yawatide(f): 3:43pm On Jun 10, 2008
Thatz what am talking about! Naija guys building apps comparable to what is used elsewhere. Hopefully, our people will learn to patronize our own products and services just as the oyibos do theirs. Hopefully this, and other similar products will get on the radar screens of the googles et al of the world.

Just tested it and it looks good. I also like the web2.0-type look and feel.

Good job buddy.
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by yawatide(f): 6:15pm On Jun 10, 2008
Sorry, just wanted to add that I saw you have a facebook app.

If you don't mind sharing with us, how was your experience coding it? frustrations? time it took to develop? inspiration? etc.

If you don't mind, do share. I am considering writing one myself.

Thanks,
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by sturvs: 9:33pm On Jun 10, 2008
I've been building on and adding to the facebook app since I launched in Oct 07, but it took me 1 week to put up the initial app. Once you get an understanding of FBML (facebook markup language) and are proficient in any web programming language, it won't really be a hard task. My app was the first Nigerian one, but there are others now. I'm still working on my app, and have the highest number of users among Nigerian apps. I'm planning to add new features to the app soon, and increase my current membership of 5000+ users

Inspiration? Hmm. For me I just hate the idea that Nigerian websites have to be sub-standard. Our websites can be the same quality and even better than what they have in other parts of the world. Afterall, oyibos arent smarter than us. My goal has always been to create top quality websites that can stand strong anywhere in the world.

Also, I encourage our webmasters to not limit themselves. If you see it done somewhere on the internet, you can do it too.
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by yawatide(f): 9:41pm On Jun 10, 2008
@sturvs
Pretty good. Pretty good. I am currently reading a book that will teach me more about facebook apps. After that, I want to come up with a unique idea so that it doesn't look like "just another app", then launch, so expect more than the 3 or so naija apps I see on facebook now, in the future.

Thanks, and your response was inspiration enough for me.
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by sturvs: 9:44pm On Jun 10, 2008
There are already books on facebook apps? schew I think theres more than 3 Nigerian apps on fb, but maybe only a few make sense
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by yawatide(f): 9:50pm On Jun 10, 2008
lol,

Oh yeah, plenty on amazon. and guess what other book I got just a few days ago - a book on the YUI - released no more than 2 months ago.

Pretty "scary" out there with respect to the rate at which IT books are published these days. and as far as FB apps go, I could only find 4 (i searched for "nigeria" in the apps search field area), one of which was only returned because it had "Nigeria" on the actual page (Players from the following countries cannot play, Nigeria, malta, and ghana and one other country).
Re: Sturvs Nigerian Search Engine by sturvs: 10:22pm On Jun 10, 2008
yeah YUI is the way to go. I've used quite some AJAX on Sturvs.com too.

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