highlights the difficulties that other search engines have in competing with Google, which has very good search features and is almost everyone’s first choice now. But there are others, and a considerable number worth considering when searching the world wide web.
Before starting remember:
1. Every search you make produces a small snapshot of what is available at that particular time. Searching again later could well produce different results.
2.Search engines can be temperamental and illogical and results depend on the search engine, country version and time of day.
3. Some things are hard to find because they are poorly ranked or even ignored by some search engines.
4. Sometimes pages are changed or even deleted and a way of finding them is using the Wayback Machine at http://web.archive.org/
So don’t stick to Google, use Yahoo, Exalead, Bananaslug, Lycos, Hotbot, AltaVista, Allthe web, Ask etc and help keep these engines alive. On trying a European engine, Acoona, this week I discovered that it was no longer operational ‘due to an overwhelmingly competitive search market’. Shame, as I had found this one particularly useful for tracking CE news.