What is Lijit?

You’ll notice (maybe) a new widget in the right sidebar – it’s a search widget based on Lijit. I’m playing with it (and the site) now. The search seems to be a lot better than just the plain “Search” that I had before.

I’ll try to do a review of Lijit in the future – if I ever get caught up on some things. Until then, you can read about them below.

Lijit Networks is developing a better way to search for information In real-life, people seek out advice from friends, co-workers, family, professionals, etc. Content is vetted though these social connections reducing the number of possibilities, and filtering for local relevance. This filtering is complex and it evolves through our entire lives. It is shaped by the experiences we have, the people we know, and the path that we take in life. What if searching on web worked the way it did in real-life? What if, you could search a person? A single search for “television” through that person’s eyes could returns blog posts the person had authored as well as bookmarks they made of TV related content. What if, you could search a group of people, through a person? A single search for “childcare” would return a friend’s Blog post on childcare, bookmarks your friend and her friends made about local childcare providers and an online article from the local newspaper on a childcare scandal in your town. What if, you could search a group of people and their connections, through a person? A single search for “dentist Boulder Colorado” would return bookmarks to the four dentists your friends use, the official site of an oral surgeon that your father knows from school, and articles from online journals that that the oral surgeon read last week..

Source: What is Lijit? | Lijit


  1. Hey there Rob. It’s good to hear that you like the wijit, that there have been no complaints so far and that you can see the usefulness in it’s functionality. I hope all of that continues.

    As for the widening of the wijit…did it eat too much over the weekend? Seriously, I asked the tech guys here and while we did release a new version last Friday, it should not have effected the width of the wijit. So I have to apologize because I don’t know why that happened. I’ll let you know if I find out the cause of this or hear it happening to anyone else.

    Thanks again for the post and please let me know if you have any other feedback. We are looking to build this product with the help of bloggers like you…so keep it up!


  2. Tara, I’ve received some questions about it, like “Why is it there” but not really any direct comments yet. I like it, and I do see people are using it. The fact they aren’t complaining is probably a good sign!

    I did notice it changed over the last couple of days – did I do that somehow, or was that done on your end? To be honest, I would rather control the look and feel of it more – as you can see whatever changed now has it extending a bit too far to the right in my sidebar.

    Keep up the good work – I like the tool so far!


  3. Rob, I was just curious how you were liking your lijit wijit. Is it working for you? Have you received any comments from readers of your site?

    We are excited to get the word out about lijit; any feedback that you could provide would be most helpful. Thanks again for the post.