While Ask is copying Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo with its AskCities, Quintura has something that’s far more worthy of a Digg or TechMeme-style overhyping. It’s visual search and I saw it at the Firefox party in London last Friday, just like Ewan McIntosh did, and it’s pretty damn cool.
What does it do? You search on something, say “Amsterdam” and it presents a tag-cloud, built with Flash, that shows you other possibilities around that query.
Yakov Sadchikov, founder, told me that Quintura has gotten popular among SEO types because it shows you keywords that other methods don’t show you. I’ve played with it a bit and it sure is an interesting new way to search.