Outstanding Search Engines that aren’t Google

By on October 26, 2010

Search EnginesSome of the very core utilities of the Internet are search engines. Whether it is for business or pleasure, people are using the Internet to seek out information at staggering rates. For example, on Google, 34,000 searches occur each and every second!  Google has become the default search engine in web browsers and mobile devices for many Internet users.

The problem is that Google may not always be the best search engine for your needs. If you find that Google simply isn’t getting the job done the way you would like for it to, you might want to give a different search engine a try. Here are some great alternatives to Google:

WolframAlpha Do you like to get nerdy with your searches? If you’re a fan of numbers and computations, then WolframAlpha just might be the search engine for you. When using this search engine, users are able to execute formulas, provide statistical data, and much more!

Wolfram Alpha

Searchtastic If you’re a Twitter user, chances are that you’re familiar with search.twitter.com in order to locate and/or discover new tweets. There are a couple limitations with this method:  It will only search seven days worth of history, and there is no easy way to export the discovered tweets easily while searching.  Searchtastic has solved both issues. A user can search for tweets from several months back rather than only one week. They can also export their results to Excel easily.  Searchtastic is a real gem…especially for marketers.

Searchtastic

ClipBlast It’s pretty obvious that YouTube has become the king of Internet video as well as video searching.  The main issue with YouTube search is that it is limited to videos which have been uploaded to the site.  Although a lot of online videos call YouTube their home, there is a lot of content being posted on other services.  With ClipBlast, you can search for videos across numerous video sharing websites.  It displays the results as thumbnails on the results page.

Clipblast

Pipl Everyone has, at one time or another, Googled themselves, right?  Google isn’t really meant to provide you with person-focused results though.  This is where Pipl steps in. This search engine will blow you away! You may end up finding more than you even wanted to know about someone. Pipl draws from social profiles, business information, images, emails, and other information of this type. Go ahead – Pipl yourself. You might be amazed!

Pipl

So, to reiterate, there isn’t anything wrong with Google.  It’s become the leading search engine because it’s a great search engine, and it gets better all the time.  But it’s not the only game in town, and sometimes another player will do the trick as well or better.  Which search engine is your favorite?

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