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What is your default search engine?

Hussein Baghdadi
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What is your default search engine?
Lately I'm a huge fan of Blekko http://blekko.com/ and I think it is really has a lot of potential.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Kind of minimalist. Whatever you query for, it says:


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Mohamed Sanaulla
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Have I thought about anything other than Google?


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Stephan van Hulst
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Wow, I just searched for Dutch and all I'm getting is links to food sites for recipes.

Google for me :P
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Mohamed Sanaulla wrote:Have I thought about anything other than Google?


+1


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Janeice DelVecchio
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I use google for everything......

...... even this question. Irony? I searched "best search engine" and "search engine" --- google wasn't even on the first page. SOMEONE needs to do a little SEO


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marc weber
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I'm not a Google fan, although I do use it for simple searches.

For more obscure information, I usually get my best results from Metacrawler, which basically compiles results from other search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask. I find the results farther reaching and better ordered than Google alone.

Metacrawler cites the engine(s) providing each result, so it's interesting to see what did not come from Google.


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Sunny Bhandari
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The seo option was what I liked the most on that http://blekko.com/

Thanks for the link


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Hussein Baghdadi
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marc weber wrote:I'm not a Google fan, although I do use it for simple searches.

For more obscure information, I usually get my best results from Metacrawler, which basically compiles results from other search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask. I find the results farther reaching and better ordered than Google alone.

Metacrawler cites the engine(s) providing each result, so it's interesting to see what did not come from Google.

This is the first time I hear about Metacrawler, looks interesting.
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Sunny Bhandari wrote:The seo option was what I liked the most on that http://blekko.com/

Thanks for the link

Indeed, the SEO option is really nice to have.
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I'm a huge Google fan...


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Rogerio Kioshi
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Does anyone use Bing (www.bing.com)?


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Sunny Bhandari
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Rogerio Kioshi wrote:Does anyone use Bing (www.bing.com)?


bing has great looks but not great search results.
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Rogerio Kioshi wrote:Does anyone use Bing (www.bing.com)?

Only when forced to at gunpoint.


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P.S. I can't help but think of this video every time someone brings up Bing.

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At home, I use google. I've been "binging" at work, and I think it's better than it used to be, but I still prefer google.
marc weber
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Rogerio Kioshi wrote:Does anyone use Bing (www.bing.com)?

Only if I want .
Hussein Baghdadi
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I don't know but I feel all search engines are vomiting the same results, Google is no longer special.
Sunny Bhandari
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John Todd wrote:I don't know but I feel all search engines are vomiting the same results, Google is no longer special.


At least it is good in design and helps me because I use many services from google like Gmail, Blogger, Adsense and iGoogle.
Results are like pants, they keep on changing every second day with same keywords because of SEO's sitting out there.
marc weber
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Not sure if this is interesting or , but it's in the news today.

NYT Technology Bits - Google to Microsoft: Search 'Gotcha' - Google "noticed a few odd things about Bing's search results, such as surprising similarities between the top results in the two search engines -- including results that Google considered to be mistakes." According to Google, a subsequent sting operation "proves that Bing watches Google's search results to improve its own." Google "suspects Microsoft is doing this by using Internet Explorer 8 and the Bing toolbar, both of which send user data to Microsoft, to watch how people use Google."
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Microsoft is increasingly proving that they cannot do anything on their own. It's no wonder that they're bleeding talent.
Sunny Bhandari
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Bill Gates is the man!!

I have seen Microsoft fall once he left the company.
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Just because Ballmer is a complete buffoon doesn't make Gates "the man". Under Gates, Microsoft became the scourge of the computing world -- stifling competition and innovation for years. Under Ballmer, it is rapidly becoming a joke.

I'd argue that that's a good thing.
John Mollman
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I have used Blekko a few times before and I like the clean results. I also enjoy using DuckDuckGo from time to time (mainly the Lite version, http://duckduckgo.com/lite). But I'd say my primary search engine is Scroogle. Not only because I am hidden from Google but the results are given in a really basic manner. Just a plain and simple list of results is all I need.

I'm an extremely no-clutter kind of searcher I guess.

EDIT: I'm liking MetaCrawler. Thanks to marc weber for mentioning it. I'll check it out some more!


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Bear Bibeault wrote:Microsoft is increasingly proving that they cannot do anything on their own...

Funny, because when I first saw Bing, I wondered, "Are they really trying to do something with this? Or do they just want their name on something?" It's unclear from the article what extent Bing might be riding on Google, but Microsoft has a history of... Well, being less than innovative.

It's also funny because last year at this time, NYT Technology Bits ran Microsoft's Innovation Versus Dick Brass, in which the former MS vice president declared, "Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator. Its products are lampooned ... sometimes with good reason." And this was just underscored by Microsoft's own response: "...for a company whose products touch vast numbers of people, what matters is innovation at scale, not just innovation at speed."



I give Bill Gates credit for his (very) early work, but I'm afraid the dubious "innovation at scale" turned out to be his legacy.

Raghavan Muthu
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I had been addicted to Google. I would rather say, we are obsessed (most of the Indians). I even remember there was a funny email saying that the term "GOK" has been changed on its meaning from 'God only knows' to 'Google only knows'. Then you can imagine the power ruled by Google!

I had just tested Bing but had not yet used regularly.

Metracrawler is very interesting. Thanks Marc, let me check it out. Also the other search engines like DuckDuckGo, and Blekko!


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