Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2009 by Shachar Pessis
Goby – Here’s a great example of a search/discovery engine that introduces users to the infinite possibilities of recreation. Whether you’re looking for an unconventional vacation, an elegant weekend getaway or a hike up Mount Monadnock, Goby’s got you covered. How does it work? It is quite simple; when entering into the site, you’ll see three text boxes: What? Where? and When? Once you’ve provided all three parameters of your desired activity, you’ll receive a list of relevant (and extremely interesting) suggestions that will help you nail down that sought-after adventure.
I admire the idea behind Goby, but I must admit that some search results were a bit disappointing. To give an example, the suggestions for “fun activities in NYC” (i.e. things to do in NYC) did not seem like much fun to me (although they could very well be exciting for others). Perhaps advanced search filters could do the trick… One suggestion I think could work is to add a search parameter of age groups. Despite my rants, I seriously recommend checking out Goby since I believe it has many adventure matches in store for most people.