In today’s Artical , I amgoing to tell you about five search engines as good as Google, and in some situations- they can even beat the famous brand.
I don’t mean Yandex or Bing – there aresearch engines which can really outperform the well-known market leaders – though ina few things only. Here we go. What search engine do you use?
Google? Yandex?Or maybe Bing? In addition to the three well-known names, there are many more search tools outthere, and they can be an amazing alternative to commercial search engines spying on everyclick you make.
1. DuckDuckGoDuckDuckGo — quite a popular open-source search engine.
It uses results received fromits own search bot and other sources.
For example: Yahoo, Bing or Wikipedia.DuckDuckGo claims to be the search engine to ensure maximal privacy.
All large search engines try to personalize their search results based on what they knowabout the user (That is, you will only see the results that comply with your preferences- or which the search engine thinks are relevant for you)By contrast, DuckDuckGo is there to give you the real picture REGARDLESS of what you didon the Internet before, and it never shows you ads based on your previous search requests- unlike Google or Yandex. When you open its settings, you can easilydisable ads, set the region, enable HTTPS by default, specify settings for opening linksand even set up the search engine appearance. Almost every aspect can be configured theway you like it, and it’s such a great feature.
2. not Evilnot Evil is the search engine that looks for information inside Tor,
the well-known anonymousnetwork. That is, it’s a search engine you can use in your browser to surf the Tor network.After all the first question you ask when you start Tor browser is “How do I get tofind the website I need?” In fact,
it’s very difficult to make a soundreview of Tor-compatible search engines. It takes special methodology and metrics – whichI something I do not have at the moment. So before we continue, I’d like to warn you:
Everything I’m going to say is only my personal opinion!In terms of overall functionality and quality,
no Evil is just as good as any other Tor searchengine, such as Grams, Torch, Fess, Candle, Ahima and others. Yet it seems to be the moststable and easy to understand. It will never show you any ads, and thereis no tracking either.
Due to smart and continuously updated search algorithms it is easy to findthe necessary information. It can search for stuff in locations where Google, Yandex andthe like will never take you. Still, searching the so-called onion websitesdoes not always come up to your expectations. After all, it’s no Google or Bing with resultssorted by tons of criteria like behavior, backlinks and so on. With no Evil, thingsare way more complicated. Previously, it was known as TorSearch project,with quite a wide coverage of users. The search results are good, but there is so much tobe improved yet.
3. FindSoundsFindSounds — another specialized search engine.
It can search open resources for allkinds of sounds: home, nature, cars, people and so on. This service supports only a fewlanguages, but instead, it features an impressive amount of tags even in the languages not supported,so you can still do some searching. The search results include sounds only.
Allsounds are available for download. You can even search by sample.If you need to find the sound of a musket firing, or a woodpecker working, or HomerSimpson shouting – that’s just the right place to go. The range of tags is extremelywide. Jokes aside, it looks like a specialized serviceclearly designed for a special circle of users. But who knows – what if you may need it oneday?
4. Wolfram|AlphaWolfram|Alpha is a computational search engine (sometimes referred to as an “answer engine”).
Instead of links to articles containing key words, it gives you a ready answer to yourquery.
For example, if you ask how many bytes in a megabyte, Wolfram|Alpha will show youcomparison tables and sometimes even graphs. Unfortunately for some users from EasternEurope, Wolfram|Alpha doesn’t support Cyrillic languages.However, it is the best resource to search for facts and compute data. Wolfram|Alphaaccumulates and systematizes knowledge from all fields, including science, culture andentertainment. If the database already contains a ready answer to your query, the system showsit at once, and if it doesn’t, it computes the result and then displays it. It only showsthe required information and NOTHING else.
If you are a student, analyst, journalistor a research worker, you can use Wolfram|Alpha to search and compute data related to youractivities. Certainly, this service is far from processing all queries in the best waypossible, but it is constantly developing and becoming smarter every day.
5. BoardReaderBoardReader is the engine for text search in forums, question and answer websites andother similar communities.
It lets you narrow the field of searchingto social media only. With special filters applied, you can quickly find posts and commentsin accordance with your search criteria: language, date and website name.BoardReader is a great tool when you need opinions from real users rather than advertisingbabble, or if you are interested in following a discussion.It’s a very special search engine, but I’m sure many people all over the web will appreciateit.
As the bottom line, I have to say that manyalternative search engines tend to be short-lived. Things are pretty easy:
they can be nicheprojects with a small circle of fans and users, which means questionable prospects of goingcommercial – or they may have none of that stuff at all.
Looking at the examples you have seen in this video, it’s evident that such search engineseither specialize in some narrow field which is – SO FAR – not too important to get Googleor Yandex interested enough, or they are meant to test certain ideas which are not appliedin typical search patterns yet.
I’m sure that if searching Tor becomes morepopular and at least one percent of Google users wants it, top services will start lookingfor ways to give the people what they are looking for.
If the online audience behavesin the way to suggest that most users in a significant number of queries find resultswithout user-dependent factors to be more relevant, Yandex or Google will respond quicklyby providing this specific type of results more often.Truly, in many aspects the search engines I told you about have a long way to go beforethey can really compete against the top products like Google and Yandex (and even Bing is toomuch for them).
Yet each of the unique services can offer you something that top search enginescan’t beat.
That is all for now. Leave comments to ask questions. Thank you for Reding.