Possible use cases:
- Easy site search setup
One real benefit, and the initial idea, would be that the user would not need any server to test Norch and actually crawl a site. When page crawled the user can download JSON ready to be indexed + setup-files for a search box, navigators and search result. Or add it to a cloud service and there continue the work you started in your browser.
- A easy and modern search solution behind the firewall
Behind the firewall, almost all software looks a bit duller, more beige and basically not modern. But through the browser you could easily combine the strength of Norch and all the hidden gems behind a firewall. There would be some big issues with security, but for intranet and people search it could be a great solution.
- Ad hoc search on a site that is not yours
Say you’re looking for something on a site. How about ad hock index it and then search it. Yes, it’s a bandwidth abuse waiting to happen, but could make a good tool for a lot of situations.
- Your life, searchable
This may need a browser add on, but then again, maybe not. Anyway: How about your whole online life, searchable. Today you have your browser history. It shows you page title and page link. What if all the text and images was searchable?
Some UX sketches of the idea:
This blog-post is earlier posted on Search Nuggets.