Technology is growing at a frightening pace, it is thus difficult for anyone to slow down and hope to catch up with it again. Same goes for the growing number of search engines we have now, it is almost impossible for anyone to list all engines that are on the Internet. The list is indeed inexhaustible.
Previously it was just Yahoo! Search Engine that dominated the market when I was in my teens. Now, popped many others like Google which is the most common of all search engines everyone uses. Microsoft came up with Bing recently and I was introduced to Wolfram Alpha- “a computational knowledge engine that draws on various sources to answer questions directly”
And there are still more of such search engines found on the Internet and it is very difficult to keep track and make a complete list of them but some people still gave it a shot.
Lets now focus on some major categories of search engines we can find on the Internet.
1) All-Purpose Search Engines
As derived from the category name itself, these search engines are used to search practically anything you want on the Internet. Some are dedicated specifically towards a certain topic or genre which would be of great help if you know what you want to look for, as you can just go straight to the engine itself without making more unnecessary clicks.
Some examples are:
The world’s most popular search engine.
The crawler-based service provides both comprehensive coverage of the web along with great relevancy.
Google is well-known for the wide range of features it offers, such as cached links, spell checks, easy access to word’s definition and a whole list found on the Google Help page.
Bing – Microsoft’s new entry. This engine can enable users to customize their search especially when finding images. Users are able to select the size, colour, layout, style and for images with people- to show faces or full portrait.
Yahoo! Search – An all-time favorite since September 2007. The 2nd most used search engine.
Alta Vista – It is still up and running since 1995.
For more information regarding the above search engine – Major Search Engines and Directories
2) Bit torrent (protocols)
Bit torrents are :
Peer-to-peer file sharing protocol for distributing large amounts of data
This type of protocol allows users to distribute huge amount of data without straining their computers too much. The advantage is that it allows file transfer even for small computers with low-bandwidth to share large data files. The nature of Bit torrents act like a viral spread of file sharing amongst the users. As the number of users increases, the percentage of a successful download too increases.
For more in-depth information about how bit torrents work, feel free to explore the links provided 🙂
Examples of BitTorrents are:
- Btjunkie – “An advanced BitTorrent search engine which uses a web crawler (similar to Google) to search for torrent files from other torrent sites and store them in its database. It has over 1,800,000 active torrents.”
- MiniNova – “Successor to Suprnova.org – a search engine and directory of torrent files. Anonymous uploads, no IP address logging of users, no porn. over 550,000 torrents in the database, over 4 Billion downloads.”
3) Blog Search Engines
Wondering what your frenemies are thinking deep down and what experiences and daily activities they encounter? Blog search engines are here to help “spy” on them, or rather, keep yourself updated on their personal life. Just like blogs, these search engines does not restrict to searching for personal blogs, any blogs that are hosted on blogs-hosting sites are open for searching. That includes blogshops, specialised blogs that updates on different topics and genres. It is amazing how easily one can find your blog on the internet using these search engines. No wonder the hot topic on the net is revolving around privacy issues of personal blogs.
Here are some useful engines for blog-searching!
- Technorati – “catalogs over 112 million weblogs. Known as a kind of gauge for blog popularity as epitomized by its byline of “What’s percolating in blogs now”. A supporter and contributor to open source software.”
- Google Blogs – This is a Google-powered blog search. Convenient for frequent Google users.
3) Questions and Answers Search Engines
The most common use of search engines is to type in a keyword so that you can retrieve more detailed information regarding a topic. But what if you have no specific keyword or answer to a question? How do you go about getting the correct information you need? No frets! There are search engines catered to answer different types of questions easy or hard. You can choose to receive automated answers derived by the keywords in your questions or have internet users answer them specifically.
- Ask.com – “Ask Jeeves was designed to allow users to get answers to questions posed in everyday, natural language. Ask.com was the first such commercial question-answering search engine for the Web.”
- eHow – “an online knowledge resource with more than 140000 articles and videos offering step-by-step instructions on “how to do just about everything””
- Yahoo! Answers – “community-driven knowledge market website launched by Yahoo! that allows users to ask questions of other users and answer other users’ questions. Over 60 million users.”
There are more categories of search engines available catering to different needs. These categories includes shopping, visual search engines, source codes, scientific, schools, real estate, finding people, open sources, news, multi-media, Metasearch, medical, maps, legal, jobs, international, human search, games, forums, enterprises, etc.
Here is a link of some useful search engines separated into their categories.
Do use them for more accurate searches! 🙂