What are people's thoughts on creating a singular search tool, that could potentially answer lots of questions versus spinning off various smaller tools that address very specific use cases?
Example of merged search: facebook graph search
Example of broken out tools: two or more separate search areas. 1 for products and 1 for brick and mortar locations etc.
Benefits to a singular tool:
- Minimal design aesthetic
- Single entry point for requests and questions
- 'Delight'. The tool has an element of magic. It helps answer lots of different questions and returns lots of types of content.
- Users may be intimidated by the LACk of options
- Search requires user input first and some users may not know what types of key words they should use.
- Users' prior understanding of search bars may conflict with the notion of a multi purpose search.