10 Alternatives to Google Search Engine !!

Posted: May 23, 2010 in All Categories, Home Tech, Software, Tech Society, Web Services
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We know Google is clearly a dominant front runner accounting to 60 percent of all web searches in the world, there’s lot of reason that Google leads the pack when it comes to search. That said, if you’re performing all of your searches through a single search engine, you’re missing out on a lot of results. The site does a lot of things right, but there’s still a lot of innovation happening in the search space outside of Google.

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Take Bing, for starters. It’s the first new site in a long time that could genuinely be considered competition for the long dominant Google. Then there’s Wolfram Alpha, which, contrary to popular belief, was never really intended to be a Google killer at all. A handful of the sites (Quintura, Carrot2, MrSapo) are really good at one thing, which likely means that the fine people at Google won’t have to worry about job security at any point in the near future.

So need a break from Google? Check out these Ten Google alternatives.

    1) Bing.com

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If you didn’t get a chance to read John C. Dvorak’s recent column, allow me to distill one important point: Microsoft has always been good at “copying and improving” products. Now, Dvorak also makes a point to say the company hasn’t been particularly great at this in the past couple of years, but I think there are at least two notable exceptions. The first is Windows 7. The second is Bing. One can certainly argue the merits of Microsoft’s “improvements” (particularly in the case of Bing), but the company is certainly doing some interesting work in the space. In typical Microsoft fashion, the company has completely eschewed Google’s stark simplicity in favor of cramming as many features into a results page as possible.

    2) Dogpile.com

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When I don’t get results in Google I go for Dogpile, each search engine has its own method of searching and each will return different results. Dogpile looks at all of them, decides which are most relevant to your search, eliminates duplicates and reveals them to you. In the end, you get a list of results more complete than anywhere else on the Web. Dogpile aggregates the most relevant searches from Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and Ask and delivers them to you in a convenient search package. With Dogpile, you get the best from the big dogs without all the mess.

    3) WolframAlpha.com

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Wolfram Alpha utterly baffled a lot of users upon its launch. In the on-going search for a “Google killer,” a number of bloggers embraced this little startup search engine with a strange name when it was first announced in March of last year. When the search engine actually launched, however, no one really seemed to understand what to do with the thing. That’s because Wolfram Alpha is not Google-not even close. Don’t visit Wolfram if you want to find out the location of the nearest Whole Foods, or you need to know when and where Hot Tub Time Machine is playing. If you need to calculate your mortgage or find out the life expectancy of a resident of Botswana (61.9 years), Wolfram Alpha is the place to go. Wolfram Alpha is all about structured data, not unfiltered information. A relatively new service, Wolfram Alpha is still a work in progress. The site’s potential as a source for accessing numeric data, however, is clear.

    4) Yahoo !! Search

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It’s not that bad, bet me. originally, Yahoo! Search started as a web directory of other websites, organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages. What I like about it is features like Yahoo! selection-based search feature called Yahoo! Shortcuts, service called “Build Your Own Search Service,” or BOSS, which opened the doors for developers to use Yahoo!’s system for indexing information and images and create their own custom search engine, and ability to search across numerous vertical properties outside just the Web at large. These included Images, Videos, Local, Shopping, Yahoo! Answers, Audio, Directory, Jobs, News, Mobile, Travel and various other services as listed on their About Yahoo! Search page, which is pretty cool.

    5) Ask.com

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Ask.com (or Ask Jeeves in the United Kingdom) is a search engine founded in 1996, I started to love it in 2006, Ask implemented a “Binoculars Site Preview” into its search results. On search results pages, the “Binoculars” let searchers capture a sneak peak of the page they could visit with a mouse-over activating screenshot pop-up, honestly this created a trend in the web world and then the AskEraser feature, allowing users to opt-out from tracking of search queries and IP and cookie values. They also vowed to erase this data after 18 months if the AskEraser option is not set. But overall a very descent and excellent one for your searches.

    6) project.Carrot2.org

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Like a number of other smaller search engines, Carrot2’s primary selling point is its clustering, Carrot2 breaks search results into the top 100 related topics. Type in “cars,” and the first five topics are “New Cars,” “New Car Reviews,” “Sell New,” “Trucks,” and “Automobiles.” Click on any of those topics and you get a list of relevant results, with a number by each link, donating its rank in the overall search results. You can use the engine to search the whole Web, blogs, images, news, and jobs. It will also search specific sites like Wikipedia.

    7) mrsapo.com

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Is it possible that there’s an even quirkier name for a search engine than Carrot2? Indeed. Say hello to MrSapo. The site is the latest in a long line of search engine aggregators, which includes, perhaps most notably, Dogpile. What MrSapo lacks in innovation, it makes up for in sheer quantity. The site offers some more traditional search engine choices, such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Cuil, Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Those choices (there are 23 in all) are situated at the top of the page. Enter a term in the search field, click the button for the engine you’d like to use, and MrSapo jumps to that site. That’s just the beginning. The rest of the MrSapo front page is devoted to further search categories, including Popular Essentials (YouTube, iGoogle, Weather.com, etc.), What’s Hot (Fark, Tweetmeme, The Daily Beast, etc.), News (Google News, BBC, CNN, etc), Magazines (Time, The Economist, Newsweek, etc), Marketplace (Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, etc), and more. There are 26 different categories in total.

8) Viewzi.com

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Viewzi is all about making search look good. This highly dynamic search engine offers 19 different methods for viewing search results. Check out the Google Timeline, Photo Tag Cloud, and Four Sources modes for some re-imagined visual search displays. The site also offers custom search for Amazon, video search, and a really cool album search mode, which displays a wall of record covers that match your search terms.

9) Omgili.com

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Many smaller search engines are based on a niche idea. Of these, many are, at best, vaguely interesting. Omgili’s, on the other hand, will likely prove useful for users. The search engine scours message boards, communities, and discussion threads. You can refine your search based on date, the number of replies a topic has gotten, and the number of users discussing said topic. Omgili also features a cool Buzz Graph at the top of the page, showing how popular a given topic has been, over time.

    10) search.aol.com

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Search less and discover more, is what they call themself, it as comprehensive web results enhanced by Google along with quick, easy access to relevant videos, pictures, local maps, news, stock quotes and more, it includes Domain Specific Search, where you can specify your search within a specific domain name only. For example, if you’re looking for information on the musician John Mayer on music.aol.com, type John Mayer in the Find Results field and music.aol.com in the Domain field on the Advanced Search page. You can also specify a domain that you want to exclude from your search. Instead of selecting “only” in the drop down menu, select “Don’t.”

I know, I missed many more like, there is the:
Baidu.com
AltaVista.com
AlltheWeb.com
Snap.com
Lycos.com
go.com (Infoseek)
excite.com, etc..

oh, even “Twitter” in that case, i know Twitter isn’t a search engine, per say, but there’s a reason that Bing and Google were racing to incorporate the micro-blogging site’s feeds into their search results: Twitter is the ultimate breaking news hive mind. Sure, there’s plenty to roll your eyes about on the site (go ahead, type in “Justin Bieber,”), and when it comes to news, this isn’t exactly The New York Times. But if you want to know what the world is thinking about a particular topic, the answer is just a Twitter search away.

Did I miss any more leave me the comments, still then Happy week !!

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Comments
  1. Fifth Avenue says:

    I love google, but these are good too…

  2. Merta Astun says:

    Best reading for a while

    Keep up …

    Merta

  3. You’ve done it again! Incredible article!

  4. we use google, dogpile is another beauty….

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  6. ufhgcv says:

    Dogpile is pretty good one…

  7. pdceufdkkoj says:

    Yahoo Suckss…now a days…

  8. Marie Chelle says:

    Thank you very much my friend, you are very kind in sharing this useful information with? others…. he details were such a blessing, thanks.

  9. Jason Wiggins says:

    Great article. Sometimes Google doesn’t quite cut it when your trying to find or research something quite specific. For instance if you’re after for a particular eBook, a piece of software, medical research, a usenet article, social networking info or recommendations, video, news etc. In these circumstances it’s often quicker and more beneficial to go to a particular search source but can be a pain remembering all those different sources.

    I came across a site recently that I often find useful in these circumstances as it allows you to search across a whole host of different sources like those above plus the usual Google fare all from a single page. It’s http://www.search-thing.com

  10. Ravi says:

    Hi Jason,

    Excellent one, http://www.search-thing.com, every search stuff in one place.. One of the well organized Web Multi Search Engine I have come across. Thanks for sharing..

    Thanks
    Ravi Kanth

  11. gggirlgeek says:

    The one thing I can’t seem to find in other search engines is the ability to filter by date. Now that I use it with Google I can’t do without it. Rarely do I need obsolete info that is more than a year old. Filtering out these listings is a quick way to get to the truly useful information on most topics.

    Anyone know of another search with date filters?

  12. gggirlgeek says:

    The reason I am looking to replace Google as my default search engine is a new thing I call search pollution. They are the junk results you get when useless websites try to make advertising money by getting you to visit their site. You are lead to yet another search, which they scammed from Google. There aren’t actually any results for your search. It’s like making money for throwing trash on the ground. However, Google doesn’t stop it because they make money from the Adsense dollars.

    Until Google cleans up these jokers I am looking for another search engine that doesn’t make my life more difficult.

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