7 ways to search better using you.com
Disclaimer: This blog post was published prior to You.com’s latest AI advancements and may not reflect our current capabilities. You.com has transformed from a search engine to an AI assistant. With a foundation in search and the team’s AI expertise, You.com was perfectly positioned to enhance LLMs with live access to the Internet to address issues around hallucinations and transparency. As such, You.com is capable of tasks ranging from searching online to writing an essay, debugging code, creating digital art, solving complex problems, and more. Learn more about getting the most out of You.com.
You.com also offers its core technology through a suite of self-serve APIs. Get complete details about the YOU API.
We put together 7 tips to help you get the most out of using You.com, the private search engine that summarizes the web and puts you in control of your information and content diet.
Here’s how to get the most out of it:
1. Go from personal to private search in just one click 🕵️
No matter what, You.com never sells your data for ad-targeting or follows you around the internet.
You don’t have to trade privacy for lackluster search results either. You have an option to choose between a customized search experience where you pick your sources or an entirely private one with one simple click. Our private mode is the most private of any search engine. We don’t store queries, preferences, or locations. That also means that localized queries (such as “best restaurants near me”) won’t work. For the personal mode, we only store the data necessary to make your experience here more enjoyable.
2. Set your preferences for the sources you want to see 🪄
You.com summarizes the web for you, eliminating the need to open multiple tabs. In the personal mode, you choose your preferred sources and we prioritize results from those sources — saving you time. If you want more Reddit results in your search, we’ve got you covered, so no more typing “site:reddit.com” on your old search engine.
3. Search across many sources at once with the horizontal layout ➡️
Get a broad overview of a topic in one search via the novel horizontal interface on You.com Instead of a list of blue links, each of the rows represents content from one source (think of each source as a search app), allowing you to see more in one query. Going back to your preferences, you’re in control and can tell you.com what you want to see more of, whether it’s from Stack Overflow, Reddit, Hacker News, Medium, Twitter, or a variety of news sources.
(Note: PC/mouse users can now click and drag tiles to scroll horizontally)
4. Generate code right in your search results 🧑💻
If you’re a developer, there are many time-saving search apps, including our Code Complete app that taps into a large neural network language model to generate code and autocomplete any query, so you can spend less time searching and more time coding.
5. Quickly access recipes, product reviews, and how-to directions
in side-panels 🧁🎧🛠
If you want to quickly assess a recipe, you can click “read more” to open each recipe in a side panel to scan the ingredients list and instructions, like these cupcakes.
You can do the same for review and how-to apps by clicking “open side panel.” Perhaps you want to know how to build a table, or maybe you want to know the best headphones to buy. We’ve got you covered.
6. Filter search results by recency ⏰ and region 🌎🌍🌏
You can tailor your search based on what’s happening in your region. You can also set how recent you want your results (past 24 hours, week, and month).
7. Tweet what you find right from the search results page! 🐦
Log in to your Twitter account right on the search results page. You can even Tweet our founder and CEO @RichardSocher.
We’d love to hear what you think of You.com. You can message us directly at [email protected], or better yet, join our community on Discord with other you.com users to share your ideas and suggestions. You can also follow You.com on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.