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Do you know anything about a search engine called YouGetIt? What makes it different than all the others and is it reputable? Please share whatever you know!

What an excellent question! This new search engine was actually mentioned on our message board the other day (thanks pesach!) After reviewing the site myself, I was going to write a tip on it anyway, but once I received this question in my e-mail, I just knew I had to feature it as soon as possible. Evidently, the word has gotten out and I’m sure there are several of you out there wondering what it’s all about. Well, I’m more than happy to share what I know with you. Let’s get started!

First of all, you can access the YouGetIt search engine by visiting www.yougetit.com. YouGetIt focuses on providing you with all the information you need from a local standpoint. So, the first thing you’ll probably see in the top left hand corner is your zip code. If you want to change the zip code it has selected, just click the “Change Zip Code” link and type another one in. (I think the site goes by the closest big city to you, so if you live in smaller town, suburb, etc., you may need to change it). Once you’re all set with that, you can start searching.

The search box is located at the very top of the page and beside that, you’ll see a pull down menu of the different categories you can search under. Those include: Businesses, Information, People, Video, Classifieds, Jobs and Real Estate. You can choose a subject and then type in a few keywords to find what you’re looking for. When you’re ready for your results, just hit the Get it! button. For one of my searches, I chose Businesses and typed in “pizza.” My results came back with several pizza restaurants located in my area. It didn’t include pizza places from all over the country, just the ones in my city. How cool is that?!

Now, below the search box, there are several tabs that run across the whole page. Those are: News, Business, People, Classifieds, Coupons, Auctions, Events, Photos, Videos, Traffic and Talent. Just click on a tab to search in that field. For example, I chose to search under News. When I clicked on that, a long list of options came up. I could choose between top rated news, most views, recently added, etc. I clicked on recently added and a whole slew of news stories from my area popped up. So, instead of seeing all the world news, I was able to read about my own city only. I love it!

Back on the Home page, you can also customize all the information that shows up there. You can design it so it’s like your own little Web page with all the information included that you want shown. For example, on my page, I have Local News, Local Classifieds, Local Auctions and Local Events. If you mouse over any of the boxes on YouGetIt’s Home page, your cursor will change so you can drag and drop those boxes anywhere on the page. So, if you want your news to be shown first, drag it up to the top. Once you experiment with it a little, you’ll get the hang of it.

You can also register with YouGetIt if you want. Just click on the Register link at the top of the page and fill in the information. Once you’re signed up (for free!), you’ll be able to enjoy all the perks of this new search engine. And let me tell you, there’s a lot of them! I’ve only given you a sample of what you can do with YouGetIt. Once you start navigating the site, you’ll find so much that I know you’ll just love.

Now, YouGetIt is still in the beta form, so they’re still working on getting everything just right. So, if you run into some problems, don’t panic too much. It’s probably just a snag that the YouGetIt team is trying to smooth out. If you’re having a lot of trouble, you can click on the Contact Us link at the top of the page and send them your feedback. It’s all done through e-mail, but they seem to be good at getting back with you in a timely manner. Under that link, you can also read more about the Web site, suggest a feature to them, read their privacy policy, etc. It’s all laid out there for you to see.

When you’re ready, go on and check out YouGetIt and have fun keeping up with your local area. Who knew it could be so easy?!

~ Erin