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The Changing Face of Search Engines: Try Not Searching Google for a Change

Abhijit Nadgouda has written another awesome article, “The Changing Face Of Search Engines”, explaining why you should consider trying a non-Google search engine for a change.

Still, lot of quests end in frustration and dissatisfaction, sometimes because of the user’s mistakes or sometimes because the expected information is either never thrown up or are buried in the eternal search result pages or sometimes it is simply inconvenience. There are some new entrants in the search engine domain with their own ideas to solve these problems. They claim they are better, some are, and some are still proving.

Nadgouda offers up excellent descriptions of some of your options in search engines, analyzing their various features generated in search results.

I was in the National Archives in Seattle a couple days ago and I asked for some information. I was told that my best bet was to “google it”. Google has become a verb in our society. People are “googling” tons of information every day, whether or not they are actually using Google to search.

Google is not the end all and be all of search engines. It is one of your many choices. And you don’t have to even search search engines to find information. Try a few directories. What about specialty search engines? And there are a lot of non-google search engines out there to try.

Broaden your search engine horizons. ;-)


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5 Comments

  1. Posted June 1, 2006 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    You might want to correct the first link tho ;)
    WP thinks it’s a relative URL.

  2. Posted June 1, 2006 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks. So much for nine fingering it. :-)

  3. Posted June 1, 2006 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I regularly check different search engines and directories in my speciality field. Nothing comes close to Google for quality. MSN is still laughable.

    Blog search tools are advancing rapidly. Shere.com is highly touted, but I find only technorati.com has quality results at the top of the page.

  4. Posted June 2, 2006 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Personally, I feel that most of the search engines just don’t get it yet. They’re trying to index as much of the web (or blogo-whatever) as they can whether they use categories or not. That may have worked in the 90s but there is no algorithm or set of algorithms that can really successfully bring us decent results from what the web looks like today and just how much is out there.

    I really believe niche search engines are going to be the way to go in the very near future and down the road searching for certain types of information will become more like how we do so in our real (unplugged) lives.

    I just wrote up a post on effectively finding information the other day, so my mind is still on the subject. I’m really wanting to add an addendum post pointing out the flaws with the Snap search engine that seems to be getting a lot of attention at the moment. I’m debating whether the writeup would produce anything of value or whether it would just end up as a rant about the site, lol. Either way, if you stop by, by all means leave me some input.

    Cheers,

  5. Posted June 4, 2006 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I understand that some search engines may be producing results by meaning
    of search terms (words) entered, rather then just matching words. I have not
    found an example yet but wondered whether this might be the way to go for
    better results.


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