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Web search engines
This is a listing of some of the many search engines that are available on the web. I have collected together about 200 or so, which I periodically update.
They are arranged alphabetically, with a small summary next to each. Inclusion just means that I’ve found something interesting, exclusion means nothing. :)
You can reach all of my search articles via the menu bar at the top of the screen, or if you would like a bit more information about each of the pages, please feel free to refer to the small article boxes below.
Which search engine when?
There are times when Google simply isn’t up to the job. You might want to try an alternative, or you might simply want to look for something that Google can’t quite manage.
In this article I list a variety of different search engines; free text, multi search, directory and so on, which give you an opportunity to try something else.
Which media search engine when?
This is the second in a companion series in which I look at alternative search engines. This one covers image search, video search and infographic searching.
Which social media search engine when?
Social media is a key element to the internet these days, and there are a number of search engines that concentrate on that, not on web pages. I’ve also listed some people search engines as well, just for good measure.
Which miscellaneous search engine when?
There are a few search engines that simply defy categorisation - I should know, I’ve tried to put them in some. These cover things such as words, spellings etc, but also the outright weird and whacky.
Searching by file format
This is a really useful way to search, but strangely one that a lot of people don’t use. You can search for file types such as documents, Powerpoint presentations, .pdf files and so on.
This article shows you how to run such a search, and more importantly, why you would want to.
Yandex - a review
Yandex is a search engine that has been around for some time, but hasn’t really had much attention in the UK, perhaps because it’s Russian. However, it’s time to take a good long look at it, since it has some excellent functionality, and it far outpaces Google in a lot of different areas. If you’re a serious searcher, give it a go.
Social Searcher - a review
Social searcher is a multi search engine that focuses on social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and so on.
It also has a very nice little Google social search dashboard, which is rather hidden away, but it’s worth ferreting it out.