Searching For Information

As I have discussed previously, search engines are what we rely on to index web content.  I participate in quite a few forums, and it is a misnomer that Google or Yahoo are the ones that are the best.

Just to let you know, I am fond of Yippy and Ixquick.

  • Yippy is very family friendly.   I like the “clouds” that are available.  This is a nice bonus to narrow results.
  • Ixquick takes the combined searches for 10 search engines and displays the results.

As you soon will realize, the results of the search are very different from those on Google, Yahoo, or Ask.  Are you the least bit curious as to why they are not the same?

Google uses PigeonRank to determine which pages are displayed.  This article is rather cute.  Read carefully between the lines if you visit.  In summary, the results are ranked based upon their cluster, or grouping, which is dependent on visits to a site or page and keyword.

How does Google, Yahoo, Bing, et cetera search the web?  They search through submission and hypertext linking (creating a link to another site or page on a site or page).  You can ask Google to “crawl” your site.  You enter in the web address for your site and submit.  Otherwise, you are relying on another site to link to your site that has already been indexed by the search engine.

Considering what you have read about how the corporate-type search engines “look” at the web, what do you think that they have missed?  How much of the web is not indexed?  What is missed is often referred to as the “deep web”, “under web”, “invisible web” and “deep net”.  Things have changed considerably in how search engines crawl the web.  We now can index Flash and PDF content.  However, private web pages, web pages that are created based on database, or even library databases that require a password are not accessible by web crawlers.  Therefore, the content that we see on a site like Google or Bing is surface web content. ( You can read more about deep content at Wikipedia.)

Some of the deep net search engines:

For more specific deep content searches:

Lastly, there is so much more to the internet, or the world-wide web, that it is near impossible to let one search engine by your go-to engine.  I keep a list of my favorite search engines in a folder in my “Favorites” link folder.  Google, Yippy, InfoPlease, and Ixquick are on my “Favorites Bar” in Internet Explorer.  They are just a single click away.

Update:  I found http://www.wiibeez.com/ in my links.  I wanted to share this with you too.  You can search a number of my favorite engines above as well as perform a specific search for something like Twitter.com (another great resource).  And speaking of Twitter, you can search Facebook using www.gabberface.com!

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