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Before I scratch my own itch and implement this I wanted to make sure this isn't already out there. What I'm looking for is:

  • the search results of 2 (could be more, but at least two) search engines shown side by side, using iframes for example (I will be using it with Google and duckduckgo)
  • the site can have it's own search UI (box + button) but more important is that it supports the sort of URL based search API that allows me to integrate it into my browser (i.e. Firefox and Chrome can take a bookmark to any URL with a %s in it, assign it a keyword and you can then do "keyword " and have the %s substituted for )
  • it should support Google's encrypted search version (the HTTPS version)

What I am NOT looking for:

  • Traditional "meta-search engines" such as MetaCrawler or Dogpile that merge the result sets together. I am looking for displaying the actual result pages of each service next to each other.
  • Any additional UI, features or bells and whistles.
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This may not exactly fit your need, but there is Bing vs. Google which can simultaneously search Bing and Google on the same page in two frames.

A similar web service is Bingle.

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You could also check out the BlindSearch which is pretty interesting, but it's not exactly what you're looking for. It displays three columns with the results from Google, Bing and Yahoo, but the columns are randomised with every query and you have to vote for the best result, to reveal the which one is which.

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Yeah, the right direction but randomizing the result panes and not having the ability to choose what engines to use sort of makes this less useful for me. –  Boris Terzic Jan 11 '11 at 8:59
@Boris Most likely though you will find a better answer without being biased to the brand.. it's a brilliant idea.. –  Lipis Jan 11 '11 at 10:18

Back in 2002, I coded a meta search engine for myself with Javascript. See if it helps. There are no fireworks but it is customizable and I adapted it sometime back to handle image meta-search.

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