Unique and Alternative Search Engines to Google and Bing You Can Tryby Satya Srinivas on Jun 28, 2013 • 12:14 am No Comments
Popular search engines like Google and Bing dominate the Internet search market globally. But these search engines, however big they are, might not be able to cater to all types of needs. There are many other search services which are unique and can complement the conventional search engines. Below are some alternative search engines to Google and Bing you can try:
Popular algorithmic search engines like Google and Bing use several techniques to rank a website like the number of back-links it has. There is no human element involved in the ranking of websites. Even though this method is proven, there is a chance that websites with inaccurate information might show up in results. How about a search engine whose content is vetted by humans. That is what Mahalo is all about. Mahalo has a team of editors who manually rank websites and create search engine results pages. Sifting through the whole Internet manually results in lesser number of results for each search query. But, the search results of Mahalo are of higher quality than other search engines.
Lot of information is now available on social networking services like Facebook and Twitter due to their growing clout on the Internet. Search features available on these social networks are still very rudimentary and it will be very tedious to search each of these social networks individually. Even though the information available on them can be searched with ordinary search engines, a special search engine can do the job better by cutting out the unnecessary flab in the search results. Topsy is one search engine which specializes in the searching the information available on social networks. Topsy indexes and ranks search results based on their popularity on the social networks. Just like conventional search engines, search results can be narrowed down to specific areas (relevant to social networks) like links, tweets, photos, videos, experts, and trending.
Want to travel back in time and search how a website looked a few years back or how a particular news event was reported in the past? Then the Internet Archive is the perfect search engine for this. Internet Archive simply works like an Internet version of the public or university library which keeps a record of various newspapers and magazines for future reference and research. This search engine takes snapshots of websites in intermittent intervals and stores them in its database. The moment you search for any news event or a website, Internet Archive’s search results give out the stored information from its database.
Yippy calls itself a research oriented search engine which can search Deep Web efficiently. Yippy specializes in finding rare information which is generally not indexed on other search engines. Deep Web pages have a wealth of information in them but are not indexed by popular search engines due to the limited demand for them. If you are looking for information on obscure academic research published by universities (not found on Google Scholar) or niche blogs then Yippy should be your preferred search engine.
Dogpile could be one of the search engines in this list which needs no formal introduction. This unique search engine aggregates search results from three popular search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Yandex) so that you need not open and look for information in all these search engines individually. Once very popular, Dogpile faded into obscurity in the recent past. It now seems to be coming out of the rut with a long and growing index of web. Try this search engine if you ever need to search for anything on multiple search engines.