I'll try to think of more answers later, as I'm sure there are many, but the first thing that comes to mind:
The "first result" shortcuts make it extremely easy and intuitive to visit webpages and websites without knowing their exact URL.
- if I don't remember a website's TLD (or if maybe it's the thing they do sometimes where part of the name is inside the TLD, like “foob.ar”, or “getfoobarapp.com”), I can just type
websitename ! or
\websitename and it'll take me right there
- if I know there's a specific page on a website I'm looking for, I can just type the relevant keywords plus an exclamation point, and I'll end up right there
While DDG has this feature too, they often return my desired destination as the second or third result, making this unreliable and therefore useless, since correcting the error means I'd have to completely retype my query. Kagi is smart enough that every single time I've used this feature (which I've done multiple times a day over the last couple of weeks) it's brought me exactly where I wanted to go!
This has changed my browsing habits quite a bit. I'll give an example.
Previously, if I wanted to find the page for a certain department at my organization, I would do the following:
- type "organizationname departmentname" and hope that it's one of the suggestions in the omnibar from my history (which requires reading the suggestions, making sure it's the right thing, and arrowing down to it)
- if it's not there, I've already wasted several seconds, but I hit enter to initiate a search. Then I look at the results, skim the names and URLs to see if the first or second one is what I need, and click on it.
This doesn't add up to that much time on its own, but (1) this happens many times a day, and (2) it requires me to analyze the suggestions to find the right thing.
With Kagi, visiting any website/page in this category is as easy as typing the domain name of a website you visit regularly! I simply describe the page in 1-3 words, hit enter, and I'm there — no effort or reading or clicking required. It sounds pretty minor in some ways, but I feel like it's comparable to the difference between looking up a number in the yellow pages, and just saying "hey Siri, call John's Garage"!