Custom Search Engines

Although the concept of customized search engines is not unique or mushroomed overnight, it has taken on new significance after Google’s free sitesearch , Yahoo! Search Builder and Swiki community powered search engine have debuted. We have implemented our own Swiki woman centric search engine earlier.

All such custom engines basically offered search results based on user-set criteria. You initiate a search engine through one of the publicly offered services based on your preferred set of URLs. You can tweak the search results pages and enhance the listings as you go along in the case of Swiki. As the name implies, it takes a life of its own when more collaborators or partners in your community join in and refine the search results.

Google has unveiled its own Google Custom Search Engine ( you will find more details and comments by Google’s Matt Cutts here:

review-custom-search-engine)

What does it offer ?

Does it offer something unique which is not offered elsewhere ?

We wanted to find out for ourselves and what better way than trying it out. It took us barely a few minutes to head to the Google coop and define our own search engine. We rolled out a spanking new custom search engine – Woman centric search engine – powered by Google. You can try this Woman-Centric Search Engine here: Custom Woman Centric Search Engine

As far as we could see in the initial test run, the results are mainly sourced from the regular Google index with perhaps a couple of results thrown in from the preferred list. We deliberately kept our preferred list to 2. You guessed it right – we used our own URL as the first in the list. You can access the preferred list from the control panel -> sites.

We have seeded the search results with keyword phrases which would refine the results to women centered sites, though the results are not in consonance with the avowed motto – provide consistent search results primarily targeted at women. It is only the beginning and so would wait for more collaborators to join in and add to the refinement.

We have been getting quite some positive feedback and referrals from Swiki. Swiki offers easy to customize search results. We are still in the process of evaluating the new Google custom engine. We will share our results in this blog.

Dieting Women

Whilst on the topic of slimming and weight reduction, one must take a peek into why there are so many fad diets and unhealthy unnatural slimming options than ever before. It is true that sedentary lifestyles and improper eating habits have led to higher instances of obesity and there is a need to be fit and healthy. But let us also look at the other side of the picture. What drives women and young girls to the eternal quest of getting slimmer and looking younger?

Dieting Woman

Female pictures that stare at us out of various advertising media revolve around ultra slim nubile bodies with enviable vital statistics. Fashion and beauty industry lays standards for what society considers as ‘beauty’. Without our being aware of it, women are led to believe in the culture of thinness, to the point of changing the body appearance, be it by diet plans, exercise or cosmetic surgery. In fact, the average woman is also judged by the standards laid down by the beauty industry.

Over time, these stereotypes have stuck….leading millions of women worldwide to become unhappy over their appearance and go through drastic measures to modify it. This also manifests as negative perceptions about how you look and even feel about your own body.

In fact, it is seen that many women in our Western nations believe that they are larger and fatter than they actually are.  It leads to a process of dieting that often begins in the teens. Many women take to smoking, appetite suppression pills and use of laxatives to keep their weight in check.  It is noticed that obsession with unnatural levels of thinness can lead to many a health hazard, from malnutrition and anorexia to osteoporosis and fertility problems.  Glorifying and promoting unhealthy thinness has come in for a lot of flak from women’s rights groups and the medical fraternity.
The Madrid Fashion week that was recently held in Spain is a case in point where serious steps have been taken to curb this tendency towards ultra thin, waif like bodies. It has been seen as a step to promote a positive healthy image of beauty for women. The recommended levels of BMI as suggested by the UN Health experts are 18.5 – 25. Models that fell below these levels were not allowed to participate. It raised a hue and cry as designers and beauty industry has been geared towards the skinny, gazelle-like female structure.
What is needed is for all of us to become aware of keeping fit and healthy, through sensible eating and proper fitness. Let us look to the day when women with average and beautiful bodies are accepted for what they are and women will accept and love their bodies.

Look at some of the fallouts of unhealthy extreme steps taken by women to achieve the ‘perfect’ figure: 

Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder leads to obesity and other health problems. Find out the possible causes and alternative treatment options for binge eating.

Fad Diet
Fad diets are characterized by extremely low caloric intake and elimination of certain food groups. They are nutritionally skewed and may not help in weight loss in the long run.

Liposuction Surgery
The surgical process of liposuction has seen many variations – tumescent liposuction, laser liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction. All of them follow the basic principle of liposuction with an added feature.

 


 

Hair Care And Hair Style

Hair may not be essential for life, yet hair means many things to women. Personality, style, health, success, social recognition and attractiveness for women hinge often on their luxuriant tresses. We probably attach extra ordinary importance to our hair and the hairstyle not without a reason. A change to the hairstyle can often create dramatic change to our appearance.
The American Academy of Dermatologists estimates that about 30 million women in the US are affected by hair loss. Hair loss can be due to many reasons – vitamin deficiency, hormonal imbalance, emotional stress and a host of diseases.

Research shows that increasing number of women lose around 20% of hair between 20 and 50 years of age. As some hair falls out, new hair grows in its place as part of an ever changing cycle.
Healthy hair can be easily groomed and styled. The bottom line is that your hair is the reflection of the overall condition of your body.
In the US alone, the hair care industry is worth about 7 billion dollars and the options available are bewildering.  

 The possible choices in Hair style can easily outnumber the total number of women on this planet. From a casual  punk hairstyle to Celebrity Hairstyle have found favor with most of us depending on our mood and situation.

In keeping with the trend, we have dedicated more than 23 articles on Hairstyle and Hair care here – to care for the luxuriant mane you so proudly flaunt with a sweep of your head.

Some Samplings from our collection:

Hair Care:

Female Hair Loss
This detailed guide to female hair loss deals with factors that lead to temporary and permanent hair loss. Once the cause for the female hair loss is determined, possible treatment options can be considered.
Hair Straightening
Thermal hair straightening is taking the beauty world by storm. This chemical treatment involves permanently straightening the texture of the hair.

Washing Hair
Washing your hair right and with the right products can go a long way in maintaining your lustrous mane. Take vital tips on how to wash your hair and how often to wash it.

Laser Hair Brush
Collect tips on selecting the right hair brush for your hair style and hair type. Read up on laser hair brushes.

Hair Accessory
Use hair accessories to add glamour and style or plain functionality. Pick up wedding hair accessories to set off your gown and hairstyle to best advantage.
Hair Weaving
Take a look at various techniques of hair weaving. Find out the suitability of each hair weaving process.

Hair Extension
Use hair extensions for instant length, volume and new hairstyle. Visit a reputed hair extension salon for fusion hair extensions.
 

Hair style:

Virtual Hairstyle
The virtual gallery provides you with various hairstyle pictures to choose from. Find out whether the trendy hairstyle this season suits your face shape and hair texture. Choose a hairstyle that flatters you.

Celebrity Hairstyle
Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson have created waves with their alluring hairstyles. Current hairstyles usually draw inspiration from the way celebrities wear their hair. If you are looking for the hot hairstyles for 2006, this article is a must-read for you!

Easy hairstyle
This summer toss you hair into a ponytail or try braids or twists. Try out easy summer hairstyles that are non-fuss and relatively maintenance free.

Hair Makeover
Break free from the boring haistyle and go in for a hair makeover. Choose a haircut and style that brings out the best in you.
Updo Hair Style
A peek into various updo hairstyles, French knots and classic buns. Look into prom updo hairstyles and wedding updo hairstyles.
Braid Hair Style
An informative guide on braid hair styles. Maintenance tips for micro braids hair style and black hair styles with braids.

Curly Hair Style
A peek into curly hairstyles – for naturally curly hair or permed hair. Curly hairstyles need good hairstylist and hairstyling products to keep the frizz in place.
More blogs about haircare.
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