Search Black-Owned Easier with hiihat Chrome Extension and Mobile Web App

Almost everything you want to know is available on the internet, just a click away. And when it comes to finding all things Black-Owned, hiihat is your answer. 

From questions about your finances, to what’s happening in the news from Black-Owned media platforms, or trying to find the best Black-Owned restaurants, or Black doctors, in your city, we have got you covered. 

Hiihat is NOW AVAILABLE as a Google Chrome extension and for your mobile device’s home screen to make it even easier to discover Black-Owned in one click. Take a look at how to download the Google Chrome extension below.

For PC:

1. Launch your computer’s browser.

2. Go to www.hiihat.com and on the homepage, you will see the image below. 

3. Click “Install on Chrome”. This will take you to the Google Chrome web store to download Hiihat as an extension to your Chrome browser. 

4. Click “Add to Chrome” and follow any instructions to download the extension.

5. After download is complete, the extension can be found at the top right part of your browser. Click the blue globe and start searching all things Black-owned right away!

Finding all things Black-Owned on mobile devices aren’t left out either! Forget downloading another app. You can add hiihat to your Android or Apple iPhone/iPad home screen by following the steps below:

Androids:

  1. Launch the Chrome app. *Please note that this does not work from the device’s native web browser app.
  2. Open the website or web page you want to pin to your home screen.
  3. Tap the menu icon (3 dots in the upper right-hand corner) and tap Add to Home Screen.
  4. Label the shortcut hiihat search, black-owned search, or something like it. Android will add it to your home screen.

Iphones/Ipads:

  1. Launch Safari app. *Please note that this does not work from the mobile phone Google Chrome app.
  2. Enter the URL into the address field of the website you want to create a shortcut to. Tap Go.
  3. Tap the icon featuring a right-pointing arrow coming out of a box along the top of the Safari window to open a drop-down menu.
  4. Tap Add to Home Screen. The “Add to Home” dialog box will appear, with the icon that will be used for this website on the left side of the dialog box.
  5. Label the shortcut hiihat search, black-owned search, or something like it using the on-screen keyboard and tap Add. Safari will close automatically, and you will be taken to where the icon is located on your iPad’s desktop.

That’s it! Now you can enjoy quick access when you need to search for all things Black at any time, hassle-free.

We are Hiring!!!

Hiihat is currently hiring and YOU could become a part of this exciting, diverse team of people!

Please note all positions featured below are 100% remote. Stipend and college credit available. You must have unlimited access to a personal laptop or desktop computer, internet connection, with the required software applications and/or mobile apps to be considered for this role. 

Hello from Team Hiihat! We are a Black-owned tech company, with a mission to make the search for all things Black accessible to you, at all times. With our search engine, information for all things Black is narrowed down, and at your fingertips!

We’re a growing company, with a vision to illuminate black owned businesses, news, media, and more through search. As we grow and expand on our vision, we know we cannot do it alone. Not only do we make it easy for you to find all things Black, but we believe in helping the Black community gain access to jobs around the world that can improve their life and wellbeing. Our current openings could be filled by you if you believe you’ve got what it takes to make a great addition to our team. 

We are hiring for Marketing Fellows, Sales Fellows, Tech Fellows, and Influencers. It doesn’t matter what continent you are on, we want to get to know you! All positions are 100% remote, with competitive stipends and perks! 

We are seeking individuals who are tech savvy and/or willing to learn while being able to navigate their way around modern tech. We are excited about our projects, and seek individuals who are passionate about diversifying the world as we know it, with an open, forward-thinking mindset. 

All you need to be a part of the team is a great spirit, great work ethic, a computer and access to internet! Here at Hiihat, we believe in working SMARTER and not HARDER, and we do this by promoting flexible hours + remote work! 

Learn more about the roles we have available and if you qualify below. Click on the position title for a full job description. Yes – these are paid opportunities!

Thanks again for stopping by the hiihat blog and we’d look forward to getting to know so you can join our growing team! 

Marketing Fellow: email your resume to ngozi@hiihat.com

Hiihat is seeking a vibrant, passionate individual to join our marketing team and transform how people hear about our product – the search engine. 

  • You’ll be the first point of contact for enquiries and engagement 
  • Research and write web articles/Contribute to research and design 
  • Draft Marketing Material 
  • Creation and execution of content calendar
  • Trainings
  • Analytics 

Sales Fellow: email your resume to sales@hiihat.com

Our sales team is growing, and we require an upbeat individual to turn things up a notch in their U.S. city! Sell. Sell! SELL!

  • In charge of researching and contacting potential businesses/brands
  • Build and Maintain relationships with Black businesses
  • Company rep at meetings/events
  • Implement and constitute new policies that can grow our company 

Tech Fellow: email your resume to bam@hiihat.com

This one is for our techies, whose expertise is needed in our business to enhance it. 

  • Develop/Support maintenance of web app/All things web related
  • Implement/Maintain management systems such as installation and configurations, etc. 
  • Produce Online Content: This includes animated gifs, static buttons and more
  • Build required apps/tools
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and overall performance of site and apps

Influencer: email your resume to ngozi@hiihat.com

We need a creative brand ambassador to advance our business online and in the public eye. Get camera-ready folks! 

  • Spread the word about Hiihat passionately on social media 
  • Advertise us to Black businesses, brands and to the community at large
  • Encourage relevant customer base to subscribe to our site
  • Rep the Hiihat brand everywhere you go

Please note all positions are 100% remote. Stipend and college credit available. You must have unlimited access to a personal laptop or desktop computer, internet connection, with the required software applications and/or mobile apps to be considered for this role. 

BLKQUEST: Join the Hunt on August 28

Our inaugural Summer event in Atlanta, GA will change how you find and experience Black-owned businesses and brands moving forward.

Oh how fun!

We are so excited to announce a first-of-its-kind event that bridges community with business and fun! 

Presented by 360BLK.com, in collaboration with Black is a Vibe, Goodie Nation and Butter ATL BLKQUEST is a citywide, family – friendly scavenger hunt to find Atlanta’s Best in Black-Owned for a chance to win a $1,000 grand cash reward and other prizes. 

On Saturday, August 28 at 12pm, participating teams of two to five people will use 360BLK.com to answer clues as well as complete challenges at destinations throughout metro Atlanta. 

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets TODAY! —> BLKQUEST.COM

We knowwwwww you have questions. Find an event FAQ below!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of BLKQUEST?

BLKQUEST is citywide scavenger hunt that invites everyone to use 360BLK.com to find and experience the best in black-owned and black-founded companies.

360BLK.com is a discovery platform on a mission to make the search for all things Black more useful, social, and equal. Participants will use this website to find the answers to clues, complete challenges, and reach destinations.

How do we participate?

Buy your tickets online and register a team of 2-5 people in a chance to win the cash grand prize. You and your team member(s) should arrive at the starting location by 11:45am to get signed up. You will be asked to sign a waiver. Teams cannot have more than 5 people.

Does it cost anything to participate?

Get your tickets early for $5 per person, including attendees under 18 years old.

On event day, tickets are $10 per person for all ages. 

This is a family-friendly event so we are keeping this fun affordable!

How do we win the grand prize?

The first team to return to the starting location with the most clues answered and most challenges completed by 3:15pm is the winner.

How do I win other prizes?

Different clue destinations and challenges will offer prizes throughout the scavenger hunt. You will have several chances to win big and enjoy!

Special Thanks to 

The Plant Foundation for their fiscal contribution in support of this launch event for 360BLK.com

Black is a Vibe by Blood of a Nation – Melanated people are the most Creative, Resilient, and Versatile people on the planet. Buy their signature Black is a Vibe tees at blackisavibe.com

Goodie Nation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that exists to eliminate the relationship gap that stands in the way of success for too many promising entrepreneurs. Text GOODIE to 707070 to Donate. 

Butter ATL is Atlanta’s culture channel. Sign up for they’re weekly newsletter The Churn for insight on the people & things that influence Atlanta and the culture at large. 

Do you still have more questions? Well buy your ticket first then reach out to us via email: culturemovesgroup@gmail.com.

Lastly, if this is your first time here, read our most updated Terms of Use

hiihat (formerly 360BLK.com) Frequently Asked Questions

Check out some frequently asked questions we get about searching on hiihat.

Trust us, it’s life changing.

What is hiihat?

hiihat is a discovery platform on a mission to make the search for all things Black more useful, social, and equal.  In laymen terms, we are a search engine.

Why does hiihat exist?

It’s a hassle to find all things Black in one place. When you’re on the hunt for talent or professionals, news, products and services created by Black people – Black-owned directories and marketplaces, as well as the world’s most popular search engines barely touch the surface. 

Search engines help us find stuff. We trust these platforms, our closest friends, colleagues, and loved ones when we need recommendations or help with research.

We decided to create a micro search engine that can send you straight to an accurate source of what you’re looking for fast, increasing the chances of you purchasing or patronizing Black as well as circulating your dollar much faster and longer. 

Most of all, we are also saving you time.

Why is there an image on the homepage?

Black art, across all mediums, has commonly been stolen and under-appreciated for centuries. It’s our goal at hiihat, that our homepage serves as a canvas for Black artists to showcase their art and make money from that exposure. The homepage artist changes monthly, with images changing anywhere from monthly to weekly.

Click the black circle in the bottom right corner of the homepage to learn more about the artist and purchase their art.  

How does hiihat make money?

Like all commercial search engines, we make money when a user searches and then clicks on a paid search ad on the search results page. The only difference? Our ads are for Black businesses onlu

Is hiihat a non-profit?

No. We are an LLC, owned by a Black woman. =D

How can I add hiihat to my browser?

Great question! hiihat has a Google Chrome extension that makes it easy for you to search during your day-to-day browsing. Download the extension, free of charge, here.

We will create more extensions for other browsers accordingly!

Who started hiihat?

Our founder is Ngozi Ahanotu. She started hiihat.com because she got tired of having to use so many different avenues to shift her life to 80% black-owned. She has always and continues to be committed to telling Black stories, amplifying Black voices, loving Black people, and living Black life better.

hiihat.com was built and is operated by Black software developers. The homepage is curated by Cymphoni Laster, a Black art curator and fashion designer.

hiihat is a privately held business registered by Culture Moves Concept Group, LLC in Atlanta, GA. 

How does hiihat search work?

Our platform helps you search the web based on search queries, also known as ‘keywords“. 

Our technology crawls thousands of websites on a daily and weekly basis, then parses through the information to remove poor and unclear information. Lastly, our technology indexes the remaining information and its accompanying links into a database. When you search, our search engine combs through the index to find the best results and most suitable answers for you. For accuracy and relevance, we limit the number of results you receive. 

Something else you should know, we aren’t equipped to answer questions. Sorry.

The field of search engines is very complex and costly. Here’s an article on How Internet Search Engines Work

Why am I seeing ads when I search?

Most search engines show ads next to their search results. If a user clicks on one of these ads, the search engine is being paid for having directed the user to the advertiser’s site. In hiihat’s case, we currently receive 100% of our profits from search ad revenue and ultimately it returns to the Black community. 

Our founder at hiihat.com is not currently taking a salary.

What sites do you crawl?

We crawl Black-founded and Black-owned databases, marketplaces, news sites, local service websites, e-commerce sites, listservs and more.

Why do you only index Black-founded and Black-owned sites?

With respect to our elders, ancestors, aunties, etc. that busted their behinds to create a business then sell it for any reason, these same companies likely employ Black people and create wealth in the Black community in some way. Respectfully, they deserve to still be patronized.

Are my searches private?

Your searches are private and nothing you search for on hiihat.com is tracked anywhere else. We don’t use cookies to follow users and we don’t collect any personal information when you search. 

Do you collect my personal data?

No. 

Why use hiihat search instead of Amazon, Google or something else?

We fully recognize that you can’t beat Google when it comes to online search. It’s not our intention to become a ‘Black’ Google either.

hiihat is a platform you can trust to give you links that belong to Black-founded and Black-owned company websites when you search. This helps you get to what you’re looking for easier, make a purchase or share, ultimately circulating the dollar in the Black community faster and longer. It is a great supplement to Amazon, Walmart, CNN, etc.

What if I cannot find what I’m looking for?

We acknowledge that for some search queries you might not always find what you’re looking for; however, you’re welcome to use other platforms if you cannot find what you’re looking for. 

Using hiihat as your default search engine when you are looking to buy a product, use a service, read the news, or go down rabbit holes, we are still the best way to circulate your dollar in the Black community. It’s really that simple.

Do I need to sign in to search?

No.

Can I personalize my search?

No.

How do I open a search result in a new page?

You can thank our Lead Developer, Bam, because he went ahead and did this for you!

However, if you still have trouble with it, here’s how to make it happen. If would like to open a page or an image in a new tab right from the search result page, you have two easy options:

  • Using the keyboard shortcut

Simply hold the ctrl and the alt/option key and left click on the image you would like to open in a new tab. The image will open in a new tab next to the one you are currently using Ecosia with.

  • Using your mouse

Right click on the image and choose “open image in new tab”. However, some browsers don’t offer this function, so the keyboard shortcut probably is the easiest to go by. 

Do unicorns fly?

Black women do. 😉

I still have questions. Can I contact you?

Reach out to us via email: culturemovesgroup@gmail.com

Do you have social media?

Of course we do! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @hiihatglobal for the search term of the day and to see what new sites have been indexed! You can also learn more about the Black artists featured on our homepage. And definitely comment on our posts or hashtag #findblackfast when you search to tell us what you find!

How can I invest? 

We are open to hearing from you. Reach out to us via email: culturemovesgroup@gmail.com.

How can I submit my site to be indexed?

Currently, our process of adding websites to be crawled, parsed, and indexed is manual and very tedious. We’ll do our best to accommodate but for now we cannot guarantee that your site will be added instantly. Send us your website via email and we’ll go from there: culturemovesgroup@gmail.com

Thanks for reading. If you still have more questions or you’re just nosy (which can happen), read our most updated Terms of Use

How to Use hiihat (formerly 360BLK.com) to Search & Find All Things Black

Actually, searching on hiihat is really easy. Keep reading to find out just how easy.

Step 1: Determine what you’re looking for.

With hiihat, seek and you shall find. If you’re looking for a specific consumer good, local service, or the latest news – we offer a variety of “vertical” search engines (products, services, news and audio), which provide results that give you a direct link to your search term. This cuts down the time you would spend on another search engine, directory, or marketplace looking for your heart’s desire.

Update: We are adding an autofill option to help with even more accurate search results. Coming soon!

Step 2: Visit hiihat.com or click the chrome extension icon.

On your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone, head straight to the hiihat search engine by typing in hiihat.com into the web browser. That will take you to hiihat’s main website, which is designed to serve Black people around the world– but mostly those based in the United States, Canada, and UK.

A much faster way to search hiihat is to enter a search term into the search box that’s built into your Google Chrome browser. With our Google Chrome browser extension, click the icon and type your search right into the search box. Click the link above to download it in a snap.

Step 3: Enter your Search Terms.

Just type what you’re interested in finding or what you are looking for into the search box on the hiihat website or into the extension search box! You can even add cities to your search keyword for more accuracy. Currently, we don’t autocomplete.

Huge Tip: Leave out identifying word(s) like ‘Black,’ ‘Minority,’ and ‘African-American’ when you search. This search engine is designed for you to never have to use these words in your search queries ever again.

Step 4: Review Your Search Results

After you start your search, you’ll get a page full of results. As you review results, you’ll instantly wonder if some of the listed sites are the best answer to what you’re looking for.

Under the ‘All’ vertical, you’ll receive a mix of webpages from across the web including matching content from other verticals. 

If you enjoy the mix, go ahead and click-through. If you prefer more specific results, click on any of the verticals above the search results: 

The ‘Products’ vertical is intended to give you direct links to a product or e-commerce site. Buy, buy, buy!

The ‘Services’ vertical is intended to give you direct links to service providers, professionals, and businesses regarding the search term. You can even find links to jobs in this vertical as well.

The ‘News’ vertical is intended to give you the most relevant and latest direct links to articles and blog posts that reflect the search term.

The ‘Audio’ vertical is intended to give you direct links to podcast or radio shows that speak on the topic.

Step 5: Refine your Search Results

At hiihat, we don’t always know exactly what you want. When you enter a search, the results you get is our technology’s best guess. 

Ways you can help it make better guesses or find what you’re looking for: 

  • Make sure you are not using any identifiers like “Black,” “Minority” or “African-American.” (For example, instead of black doctors in dallas, tx try doctors in dallas, tx)
  • Be specific but not overly specific. (For example, if you’re looking for a skin mask instead of face mask try beauty mask) 
  • Look at the results past page 1 or take a look at the vertical. (What you’re looking for may literally be search result #8 instead of search result #2)

Honorable Mention: Tell Someone about hiihat.com!

If you had a successful search experience on hiihat, congrats! You clearly know what to do! Now it’s your turn to spread the word. 
Tell everyone you know that hiihat can be trusted to give the fastest, most accurate results of all things Black on the internet. And if you got this far and you still haven’t yet, visit hiihat.com to start searching today!

Welcome to the Future of Search.

It’s 2021. You are happily working from home and likely homeschooling the heck out of your kids. On the weekends, masking up to hang out with friends and visit family is the norm. Travel is picking back up and maybe, just maybe, you got a COVID vaccination. 

After a year of uncertainty and loss, the fight for justice and ownership in the Black community stepped up for the world to see. 

These are incredible times. The internet and overall mobility continues to become a staple in our lives. Just decades ago, no one ever imagined a search engine that gives you direct access to Black-founded or Black-owned links. An algorithm curated by a culture of people that have been the leaders in creativity and innovation worldwide finally get their due share of the fortune. We’re here to keep that light shining bright.

As user information becomes more vulnerable, technological developments in privacy, security, e-commerce, and social media are happening at a rapid pace.   

Keeping all of this in mind, hiihat is committed to changing how you experience search for Black, supporting Black, and circulating your hard earned dollars.

This is just the beginning. We hope you’ll stay on this journey with us to create the most trusted search platform for all things Black in the world. 

We’re sure you still have questions.

Visit our FAQ to learn more about who runs the show around here, why we do it, and how we do it. 

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