Yotify is a tracking tool that lets users follow just about anything. The application gives the user ‘scouts’ that they can instruct. The scout tracks things down and shows the user the results. Users can track anything, from events to products, job postings, discounts, rentals and RSS feeds. Yotify scouts return information in multiple ways. Users can receive a daily digest or check progress each hour. The user can share their scouts with friends so others can see the results of the user’s search. The user can choose from a collection of interests, which include shopping, travel, classifieds, jobs, news, blogs and fun. The user can select specific types of searches or search by specific website. The site provides a list of recent community scouts as well as scouts others have shared and the user’s friends’ scouts.
Yotify was launched into beta in September of 2008. The application has received a few positive reviews however some users complained about the level of convenience offered by Yotify. The application requires the user to set up ‘scouts’ that investigate various websites to find whatever it is the user wants. The problem is that many users find it difficult to ‘scout’ multiple websites. While some of the scouting options are convenient, Yotify’s users desire more flexibility.
Yotify provides a unique way to search the web. Rather than perform a manual search every so often, users can create scouts that they instruct to handle the task for them. Results are updated rather quickly, with users capable of receiving updates each hour or a daily digest email. The application is still in beta, so it may make improvements to the way scouts are set up. For the time being, Yotify is a helpful way to search for individual items on the web.
Yotify utilizes a laid back, eye-catching design that works exceptionally well. The shaded blue background gives the site depth while the playful logo adds a bit of variety. The user interface includes a row of four buttons and individual menus that contain search results and scouting options. The design is nice, clean and very modern. Each element of the site blends seamlessly, pulling Yotify together perfectly while providing an overall positive experience for the user.
A new user can create a Yotify account by clicking the dark blue “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the page. The registration form requires a username, password, first and last name, country, postal code, time zone, birth year, gender and email address. After agreeing to the terms of service at the bottom of the form, the user is automatically logged in and can begin inviting others if they want to.
Yotify offers a helpful service, but it is one that shouldn’t come at a price. The application essentially performs ongoing searches of websites automatically. The site’s creators have kept it appealing to everyone by offering free access to all users. Registration takes very little time and the user can immediately access all features once they have signed up. Yotify may not offer many sophisticated search options, but it does provide a practical, economical solution for users who want to find things on the web.
Yotify is a good resource for anyone who is searching for something specific online. Users who want to find a certain type of job opening, product or event can send out Yotify scouts to do the hard work for them. The user has to set up a new scout for each new search, but the process isn’t that difficult and the interface is designed to be user friendly. Users who need to perform large scale searches may not find Yotify to be suitable for their purposes.