Google is a great search engine, and it represents the bulk of online searches today. But it isn’t the only way to find what you are looking for on the WWW, and for good reason. While it is a good search tool, there are others that may find more relevant results than Google. This doesn’t mean that the alternatives are better than Google, just different. Sometimes you may find that searching on different engines may net different results. And for that reason, it can sometimes be advantageous to search on multiple engines. This is something I routinely did as a recruiter, and it may also benefit you. But where else to search other than Google?
Thanks to Lifehacker, I found an article that lists some other services (most I have used), that may assist in your quest for information. You can read the full article here, but here is the list of alternatives in an abridged version.
- Yahoo Answers Search questions, or ask your own
- Ask Reddit May not be safe for work, content warning
- Duck Duck Go Search engine
- Wolfram Alpha Search engine
- Wikipedia Probably no introduction needed
- Blekko Search engine
- Quora Search on discussions others are having, or start your own
- Ask Metafilter May not be safe for work, content warning
- Twitter Search on others’ posts, or post your own question
- Aardvark Ask a question and send out to those in your network
This is not an exhaustive list. Are there others that you have used? Do you recommend them? I’d like to hear of other alternatives! Please post in the comments section.