RTBot Review

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by in reviews, Software

I received an email from someone associated with RTBot who suggested that I check out their website. They claimed that RTBot would open new vistas for getting information about a topic in multiple formats and from many sources and it would all be fresh and up to date. They would provide data from videos (generally YouTube), Wikipedia, images, Twitter, news, documents, blogs and weblinks. Just by entering the search term in the search box and then clicking on the different option buttons to get each form of data. I actually used it to generate this review.

To see a video demonstration of how it works, click on the video.

There are no obvious bots in the design of RTBot. By the name RTBot, they probably mean that the searches are real time and automated like a robot.

They claim to offer the following:

  • Access the freshest information and multimedia content about almost any subject, person, place or event in one single place.
  • Complete research tasks quickly and easily.
  • Get a multi-perspective vision and real-time context for every topic.
  • Eliminate the need to visit different online resurces separately.
  • Obtain new information each day – even if you are looking at the same article.
  • Visualize multimedia and social-media content related to every topic.
  • Embrace a didactic, intuitive, holistic approach to learning.
  • Discover new, relevant content about your favorite topics and interests.
  • RTBot offers a fun and engaging learning experience.
  • Topics research is moving from being “stateless” to being very much in the here and now

The return is almost instantaneous but it is not perfect. It sometimes goes way off target in some of  the results. It can help to complete research quickly but some work many be needed to fill in some of the gaps. The information is not necessarily timely and they probably should allow for some date of data input.One could do all these queries manually, but it would take a bit of effort.

Minter Dial has done a review of the site and he was not happy with it. He has some very insightful comments which are worth reviewing. His comments about branding are of particular interest.

However, unless he is suggesting the email contact from RTBot, I don’t see anything spammy about it. The email wasn’t in the very best English but it was not that bad. Except for the videos which are provided under the RTBot URL, I didn’t find that any other data was “trapped” in that way.

All in all, I found it to be good for a lazy person’s way of getting data about a topic and if people use it and offer suggestions, it can be improved over time.

 

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