• kelltic

    Perfect timing! Exactly what I was thinking about this morning. With Google set as home page on most browsers there are millions of people out there who don’t even know other search engines exist. Long ago (very long ago) there was a plethora of options. I often used a site that accessed maybe 30 of them at once. And, I used other single search engines. Now, I still use AllTheWeb.com but, having forgotten the names of other alternatives, I looked them up just now. Running a search for, you guessed it, search engines, using AllTheWeb, turns up 334,000,000 possibilities. Seeing the names, I begin to remember but – I haven’t finished checking them out yet :)

  • Chrome (or at least Chromium) remembers site-searches. I can even look for something in my blog using the address bar.

  • @Jason

    Comparison searches are interesting but usually too clunky for regular use. Search engines are very reluctant to let people aggregate their results.


    Yeah, Google kinda won Internet in regards to competition. :) Still small and specialized can often beat generic.


    Browser-detectable searches are very interesting topic. It reminds me of early RSS days – awesome and underknown. I keep brooding on writing post about it but tricky to fit both user’s and webmaster’s perspective nicely into it.

  • Saurabh

    Speaking of WolframAlpha…I find http://www.trueknowledge.com/ better for non-mathematical queries. Though of course these days Google is becoming all encompassing and is beginning to answer more and more queries directly itself.

  • @Saurabh

    First time i hear about that one. Bookmarked to check out, thanks!

  • OAlexander

    “Wikipedia is more likely to understand what are you asking” – even more likely, when you search it with Google;).
    “Search Term” site:[language].wikipedia.org

  • @OAlexander

    Actually I much prefer Wikipedia’s native search. It has it clearly – either you are looking for something that has an article about it or not. Google starts to second guess your query and stuffs results with whatever it can (as usual).

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