In case you hadn’t previously noticed, the Web is rather epic in size and scale. When you decide to head online and see what the Internet has to offer on any particular day, the sheer number of options at your disposal is almost unimaginable. Suffice to say there are millions of websites and a multitude of different ways to pick a route through them.
This is where search engines become an indispensable part of the online experience. Without using one you would have a hard time finding anything of note, and you would instead be reliant on other people telling you where to go. Literally, not figuratively. Search engines formed the basis for last week’s We Ask You, and the results of that discussion follow below.
We asked you, Which Search Engine Do You Use, & Why? There was a healthy response to the question, with dozens of you letting us know which search engine(s) you use and why you use them over the competition. There are no prizes for guessing which came out on top, but there were a few other names mentioned numerous times too.
Google is most people’s go-to search engine. This is hardly a revelation, but the reasons cited are of more interest. Its results are considered “comprehensive,” and the ability to sort them by age is an important factor. It’s also considered “more accurate” and simple, while the added usability offered by Gmail, News, Maps, etc. is enough to sway others. One commenter stated that “it works,” which says it all really.
Those who aren’t so keen on Google either use Bing, DuckDuckGo, or smaller search engines you may not have heard of previously. Bing is considered “visually appealing,” and great on Windows 8. DuckDuckGo is good for those concerned about privacy, though the actual results it offers have disappointed many.
Comment Of The Week
We had great input from the likes of Ron, Rob, and likefunbutnot, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Mattie Steffen, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives a T-shirt chosen from those available through MakeUseOf Rewards for this comment:
I use Bing. It’s more visually appealing, doesn’t block searches, doesn’t remove things from auto complete and move my favorite sites to the bottom because the RIAA and MPAA told them so, doesn’t force a dead social network on me (G+), doesn’t force me to use my real name, I use Microsoft ecosystem mostly, I can see what news is trending quickly, Bing returns searches just good as Google now, and I get rewards every month ($5 Amazon cards).
While many of you may disagree with the sentiment of this comment, we liked it because it offers a passionate defense of Bing and several very valid reasons for choosing to use the Microsoft search engine over Google’s search engine. I find Bing almost as good as Google for search results these days, so it really comes down to the visual approach both take. You could always combine the two together.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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