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. ;-)