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For about 40 minutes this morning, Google searches were useless. Every result could “harm your computer” with no working link to result. It was, by Google’s explanation, a stupid human error. All is well now. Less than an hour of inconvenience and the incident was over, […]

For about 40 minutes this morning, Google searches were useless. Every result could “harm your computer” with no working link to result. It was, by Google’s explanation, a stupid human error. All is well now.

Less than an hour of inconvenience and the incident was over, but it did show me just how much I depend on Google search. Even though I’m aware of other search engines, I know little about them and rarely, if ever, use anything else in my everyday searching. Judging by the stats on all the sites I manage, I’m not alone.

search-box.pngAs fate would have it, during that 40 minute downtime I had to find something. I switched over to Yahoo search. Why? It was the next one listed in my Firefox search box.  

Because “it was there” is not a very good reason to use a search engine, so I ask you: If Google wasn’t available, which search engine would you use? Why?

  1. Angsuman Chakraborty Saturday, January 31, 2009

    I would try Yahoo, maybe cuil; definitely not Microsoft’s Live search.

  2. I like Melzoo. It’s quite cool, if you have a nice enough (eg big enough) screen.

  3. I know it’s not the purpose but I love to search in delicious.com. It’s like I’m searching pre-aproved links.

  4. I’m with the first commenter. I can’t stand MSN Live or whatever it is called this month. I prefer Yahoo! and use several of its services.

    Next in line would be alltheweb.com or Ask.

  5. I like mahalo.com right now. Human powered search and answers.

  6. I use ixquick, mainly because of the fact they no longer record any user information

  7. Yahoo! is always the second choice if I’m using Google. Honestly Yahoo! is sometimes my first choice, they seem to do a better job with local searches, things within my own city.

  8. I like: AllTheWeb. Powered by Yahoo’s indexes, I like the presentation of search results the best. Also, Windows Live Search isn’t that bad either. It seems less spammed than Google.

  9. I used SilkWise, because it automatically connects my problems to different experts and always gives good answers.

  10. Puneet Thapliyal Saturday, January 31, 2009

    Yes, Yahoo!

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