Search Engines – Top Ten

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A search engine is a software system that is specifically designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The results are usually presented in a list or line, which is known as the search engine results pages. Some search engines also mine the data available in databases or open directories and they also maintain real-time information by running an algorithm on a web crawler. The very first tool used on the Internet for searching was Archie, which is archive without the ‘v’. Archie was created in 1990 and in 1991 Gopher was born followed by Veronica and Jughead. By late 1993 a series of Perl scripts that periodically mirrored pages and re-wrote them into a standard format was introduced and so began the web’s first primitive search engine. In 1994 one of the first all texts crawler-based search engines was launched and soon afterwards many search engines began to appear all vying for popularity. These included Lycos, Magellan, Excite, Infoseek, Inktomi, Northern Light, Alta Vista and Yahoo! In 1998 Google adopted the idea of selling search terms from a small search engine company called which had a significant effect on the search engine business sending it from struggling to profitable overnight. Today there are many search engines available on the Internet and some of the original founders are still going strong since they are always seeking to improve the services that they provide. Below are ten of the best and most popular search engines used around the world. Some are very well known and others less so, but they all perform a great service in providing us with a way to search for information on the Internet.


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1. Google –

Google is still the biggest and most popular search engine on the Internet, but other search engines are nipping at their heels. However, Google does give fast and relevant search results and the search box can be added to your site to help your customers search for what they need. You can create your own custom search engine with Google with demonstration videos available for information and signing up for the basics is free.


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2. Bing –

This is a very popular search engine from Microsoft with categories for searching including websites, images, videos, shopping, news, maps and more. There is a helpful tab for Microsoft Outlook emails and a further section for MSN. Bing brings together the best of search and people in your social networks and allows you to categorise your searches and web groups.


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3. – or Ask Jeeves as it used to be known, is the fourth highest ranked search engine on the Internet today. It is simple to use as you just type a question and will provide you with the answers. The site also has articles and information can be found in categories called Society, Entertainment, Science, Health, Business, Computers, Travel, Food, Arts and Education. The company has been operating for 15 years and more information can be gained from the Ask blog.


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Yahoo! is amongst the top search engines with over 700 million visits every month. Yahoo was formed in 1994 and has been growing in strength ever since, now under Marissa Meyer’s leadership. Searches can be made by web, images, video, news, shopping and more with many Yahoo! sites for finding information from interesting articles including sport, dating, lifestyle, finance, cars, movies games, horoscopes, weather and travel. Videos can be viewed from the latest news stories around the world, which is constantly updated giving a list of all current trending topics and a useful tab is available for emails.


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5. DuckDuckGo –

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that uses crowd-sourced websites to provide its results. User information is protected since users are not tracked and personal information is not collected or shared. All users are shown the same search results for any given search term and setting the search engine to make it default is a simple process. It comes with !bang syntax to issue queries on YouTube, Google, Yahoo!, Bing and other search engines and other features include zero-clicked information sources, keyboard shortcuts, locations, calculations and conversions.


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AOL is another popular search engine which brings all the latest news headlines and gossip from around the world as well as providing fast search results. You can set your location, keep tab of your emails and even check the weather after signing up. Articles and stories can be browsed from entertainment, finance, lifestyle, autos, games, horoscopes and radio with trending stories changing and highlighting frequently. There is a section to check the markets around the globe and popular topics can be viewed with videos.


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MSN also provides fast search results with a wide range of news items applicable to your local area. You can keep abreast of the latest news and there are many topics to read and select such as money, sport, entertainment, living, weather, careers, autos and finance. Popular searches, editor’s picks and the top movers are all highlighted and there are some useful hints and tips to view with videos. You can sign up to give your opinion and vote in polls and also select specific page and content.


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Firefox offer a wide range of products. After choosing this search engine, you can opt to make Firefox your browser for your desktop or mobile, sign into websites, use Thunderbird for fast safe emails as well as make a creation with Webmaker. When you use Firefox or any Mozilla product you become part of their community and the search engine actively encourages you to ‘get involved’. All the latest news can be found in the Mozilla blog as well as style guides and locations, contacts and emails can be joined together.


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Lycos has been around since 1995 and has changed with the times. You can read your mail, catch up on the latest news and play games as well as watch YouTube videos. There are sections for shopping and politics and you can even check out the weather from all around the globe. Searching with Lycos gives fast results and there is even a chat section for keeping in touch with friends and family.


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10. Opera –

Opera is given to us by a Scandinavian company who has been in the search engine business since 1994. Results are fast and alerts are given for any risky sites. You can organise all your favourite sites in one place with just one click, create shortcuts and store bookmarks and passwords using the Opera link. A demonstration video is given on the site and a new updated version will be available very soon called Opera Next with yet more features being offered.


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