Alternative search engine’s

In the last week or two, I have been trying out search engines other than Google (yes, Google is not the only search engine). The two I am most impressed with are DuckDuckGo and Blekko, DuckDuckGo is so good that it has knocked Google off it’s place as my default search engine.

DDG (DuckDuckGo) is great for a number of reasons:

  • DDG doesn’t track your searches (Google does)
  • Uses a cool !bang syntax to make searching faster (example: ‘!w linux’ will take you directly to the Wikipedia page for linux, hundreds of !bang shortcuts are available for many popular sites and topics)
  • Almost as good search results as Google, there have only been a tiny handful of searches that havent been very good
  • Fast and minimal
  • The API is open source

Blekko is also very cool, it uses a neat concept where users search using slashes which are designed to give more relevant results. Blekko is also nice and fast and the search results are very good.

I encourage everyone to give these search engines a go, you might just be surprised at what you find.


10 Comments on “Alternative search engine’s”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Kumar, Zuissi and Ubuntu World Wide, Arjan Waardenburg. Arjan Waardenburg said: Ryan Macnish: Alternative search engines: In the last week or two, I have been trying out search engines other t… […]

  2. iheartubuntu says:

    Im also a fan of Its as private of a search engine as you will find, and if you are so hooked on google searches, you can also try

  3. Jaypeagi says:

    I love how, due to the lack of links people will be googling to get to these new search engines… 😉

  4. Panu Kinnari says:

    Ungrateful blog consumer whines. How about including links to DuckDuckGo and for example to bang-list.

    But anyway, thanks for the tip, hadn’t heard about this and quick trial convinced me to set it as default.

  5. Name says:

    No image search, no “Scholar”, … switched back to Google after some weeks of trying alternative search engines because the relevance of search results in Google is simply better.

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