Build a personalized Cloud search engine with Greplin

How many times have you trawled Google Docs aimlessly looking for that spreadsheet with funding requirements for last year’s project? Or how about the LinkedIn profile of that smart sales manager from Mississauga who you met at XYZ conference a month ago?

Why oh why can’t someone build a way for me search through all the databases, sites and indexes that I use regularly so that I don’t have to waste hours on end finding documents and webpages?

And then someone said – let there be Greplin. And so it was.

Ok, so it wasn’t that easy to build, but I’m sure that it’s paying off. Greplin just gave personalized/custom search engines a (very tiring) run for their money.

Greplin allows you to add some of the web’s popular sites to its spidering and indexing engine, allowing you to use its smooth, crisp and quick search engine to find all the stuff that YOU want.

  • Gmail (not gTalk Chats)
  • Google Docs
  • Google Calendar
  • Facebook (your profile, events, notes, messages, friends, news feed and wall posts)
  • Twitter (your tweets, timeline and direct messages)
  • Dropbox (titles and filenames only)
  • LinkedIn (your status updates, contacts)
  • Evernote
  • Google Apps Mail
  • Google Apps Calendar
  • Google Apps Docs*

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Take a look. The search engine populates itself based on my choice of sites and profiles. So far, I’ve found it really useful to search quickly for names, events and documents.

Watch this convenient video summary put out by Greplin itself. Too bad the search engine is still in beta testing, but I’m sure that with the $4 million that it picked up in angel funding last month, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of it. Get your own Greplin account here.

  • Gmail (not gTalk Chats)
  • Google Docs
  • Google Calendar
  • Facebook (your profile, events, notes, messages, friends, news feed and wall posts)
    •  Please note that for news feed and wall posts, Facebook only allows us to collect data from a few days before you began your index on Greplin. However, we will collect all your data from that point forward. This means that you may not find Facebook news feed or wall post items that were created up to 4 days prior to your initial signup for Greplin.  
  • Twitter (your tweets, timeline and direct messages)
  • Dropbox (titles and filenames only)
  • LinkedIn (your status updates, contacts)
  • Evernote*
  • Google Apps Mail*
  • Google Apps Calendar*
  • Google Apps Docs*