There is more in this world than Google…
Whenever, we think about search engines, one mind automatically pops up first, Google, and with good reason to be honest. It is by far the best, fastest and more reliable search engine you can use to search the web. But is it the only one?
Nope! There are many more that are competing for growth and there are several others that are specific for one industry. It is always good to know them and check them as you never know how they will evolve in the future.
The following are some advanced and alternative search engines that you can use to find just about anything on the Intelearnet. Use them to follow discussions about your industry, monitor your online reputation, and much more!
Most of the search engines track your searches to sell customized ads. If that is concerning you then maybe you should check DuckDuckGo They prides themselve as being the search engine that does not track or personalize your searches and results. In the last few years they have seen enormous growth in US even if they are still way behind the big G.
Like DuckDuckGo, Search Encrypt are a privacy-based search engine. They provide industry leading local search privacy by encrypting your search terms as well as expiring search links in your browser history. It includes a general search function, as well as image and video search just like most of the search engines nowadays.
Imagine what would happen if a tree was planted every time a person searching something online..We would have a much greener planet definitely.
That’s what Ecosia is doing. Run a normal search and Ecosia will use its surplus income to conservationist organizations that plant trees. Ecosia, uses Bing algorithm to power there search function. That means, if you already use the Microsoft engine and you are happy with it… then you wouldn’t have a problem with Ecosia.
You cant decide? What if you could get results from all the top search engines? Dogpile collect all the results from Google, Yahoo!, Yandex, Bing as well as other popular search engines. Have a look!
You might not have realised it but Facebook (and your friends) have a lot of data and you can search for them when you use Facebook Advanced Search.
You can type your query and then Then use the filters on the left to see results within people, pages, places, groups, and more.
LinkedIn People Search
Literally now anyone that is a professional has a linked in account where he promotes…himself. Our LinkedIn account has become our professional online CV page. If you want to find some new connections on LinkedIn, or check the professional profile of someone, then that’s the place to do it.
After the purchase of Pulse couple of years ago you have a lot of news content that you can disover and relative business news that might be interesting.
Pinterest was labeled as a social media platform in the early years but to be honest it is the ultimate image platform. Pinterest allows you to search for anything visual – clothing, cars, floors, airplanes, etc and pin it to your favourites. Even if it is characteristic -until now- for Food recipes, do expect it to grow in the following years a lot.
Owned by tech giant Microsoft, Bing is the second largest web search engine in the U.S, with a market share of ~6%.
If you’re looking for a search engine with similar features to Google, Bing is likely your best bet. Familiar features like translation, currency conversions, time, knowledge panels are all available.
The service has its origins in Microsoft’s previous search engines: MSN Search, Windows Live Search and later Live Search. Bing provides a variety of search services, including web, video, image and map search products.
Even if its algorithm is not as advanced as Googles it is still really huge and one to monitor for the future
Looking for only images that you can repurpose, use for commercial purposes, or modify? Try the Creative Commons Search which will allow you to look through multiple sources including Flickr, Google Images, Wikimedia, and YouTube.
360Daily allows you to go beyond YouTube to find videos on any topic from hundreds of sites including big names like YouTube and Hulu. If you’re looking for video, you’ll likely find it here.