Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"What is a search engine?"

picture that includes the names of popular search engines

The first thing I did when starting this assignment was go to the all-knowing "Google" and type in the question, "What is a search engine?" I got 548,000,000 results in 0.52 seconds! Luckily, I hit gold with the third result listed. Whew!

The ten search engines listed by Paul Gil were as follows and in this order: 

1. Duck Duck Go (Catchy name! I think I'll check this one out!)
2. Ask (Been there, done that.)
3. Bing (Maybe)
4. Yippy (Again, catchy name. I think I'll check it out!)
5. Webopedia (Sorry, Webopedia. Your name isn't enticing enough.) 
6. Yahoo (Ah! Nostalgia! I should repay this one a visit just for old times' sake.) 
7. Dogpile (What? Ok. I'll check it out.)
8. The Internet Archive (The name is long, but the description sounds interesting.) 
9. Mahalo (I'm there!)
10. Google (Of course, it's listed.) 

I now have 6 search engines to research, as instructed. The winners are: 
1. Duck Duck Go
2. Yippy
3. Yahoo
4. Dogpile
5. The Internet Archive
6. Mahalo 

The results:
1. Duck Duck Go gets an A+! It's neat and simplistic. It kind of reminds me of Google, but without the messy, distracting ads. Duck Duck Go also allows you to search anonymously so that you can't be profiled by your searches. I really liked this one and might make it my new search engine! 

2. Yippy started out promising, but ended in disappointment. I liked the option of choosing which device you are using on the homepage, but when searching my own name, Chea Driver, none of the top 30 hits included me. This engine is known for being able to track down "obscure' content. I guess I'm not "obscure" enough to be listed in the top 30. I don't think I would use it again unless I couldn't find what I was looking for elsewhere. 

3. Yahoo, I remember why I moved on! As soon as you open the page, you are bombarded with tons of information which I find very distracting. It's a complete mess, but if you want to check your horoscope, it's the place to go! 

4. Dogpile was the, "fast and efficient choice before Google," according to Gil. He also gave it accolades for providing "cross link results." This engine would probably be most appealing to dog lovers with it's "Go Fetch" search button and cute doggie mascot. I did like the cross link results, but when trying to search my name in the "White Pages" section available on the homepage, I had to include my first and last name, city, and state before it would "Go Fetch." I found that a little irritating. In my opinion, this doggie needs to go back to obedience school. 

5. The Internet Archive sounded very interesting in the description given by Gil. "The Archive has been taking snapshots of the entire World Wide Web for years now, allowing you and me to travel back in time to see what a web page looked like in 1999, or what the news was like around Hurricane Katrina in 2005." The music and history lover in me instantly fell in love with this search engine. On the homepage, the "Live Music Archive" was especially pleasurable. I also liked the "Curator's Choice" feature. I see myself spending more time using this search engine in the future, but I'll probably mainly use it for pleasure. 

6. Mahalo was well organized. In his description, Gil said the site was, "human-powered." Anything with a human element to it in this digital age sounds appealing to me! The layout reminds me of Pinterest. I liked the "How To" feature on the homepage. There were many other options to choose from, but they were presented in an organized way that wasn't overwhelming to the user. When searching my name, the results automatically included videos and images. I liked that feature, as well. I'd be willing to try out this search engine for a while. 

* Wolfram Alpha Hmm.... What's this problem generator? This looks interesting! I love a good challenge! Ugh... Ok, I'll create an account if I must! Awesome! Math problems! 
I really like this search engine. The homepage is color customizable. Giving the user choices is nice and refreshing. There is so much to explore on this site, from the mobile apps to the resources and tools. This site is not for the novice user, but I think it would be worth the effort of familiarizing yourself with. It even has a feature to analyze your Facebook data! I'll definitely be back! 

Source: http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/navigatingthenet/tp/top_10_search_engines_for_beginners.htm


  1. WOW! Aren't you through!? This was great. I am still in the process of writing my blog, but you have given me some great ideas.

    I actually did not google search engines --- I BINGED it! I hate BING. I am not sure why I even use it. There is only one other search engine I hate more than BING and that is ASK! Yikes! I just do not like the way they filter information.

    Great post!

    1. Thanks, Gina! I always use Google, but I am really considering giving Duck Duck Go a try. I was the most impressed with it.

  2. Hey Chea,

    I like your writing style. You're funny! :)

    I saw a lot of search engines that I hadn't seen before on your list. Good job. I searched for "kid friendly" search engines, because I teach 1st grade. Would you recommend any of these for younger children? Perhaps the dog one because they like dogs? ;) I know what you mean about Yahoo being busy and distracting. Still, I am glad there are so many other search engines available, just in case.

    If you'd like to check out my blog, here it is.


  3. Mary Alice, if you are looking for kid friendly search engines, check out Angela Wilson's blog post. She did a fantastic job of researching those type search engines.
    Thank you for your compliments on my writing style. My philosophy with this blog has been to make this learning experience as enjoyable as possible for me and my audience!

  4. Hundreds of thousands….in less that one second. Good search!

    By adding "EDM310" Google found you. Driver is too often found. I could have just added quotes around Chea Driver and Google would have returned you as well. Try quotes for a specific phrase.

    I am emailing you what I found when searching for Chea Driver EDM510

    The Internet Archive is new to me. Sounds fun, especially for history buffs!

    1. I'm looking forward to exploring The Internet Archive, as well as, Wolfram Alpha in further detail when I get more free time!

      Thank you for your tips on adding the quotes to specific phrase searches.