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sputtr Can you imagine the internet without a search engine? A large social network without the ability to find new or old friends? The ability to only click on link after link after link? The internet would essentially be useless.

Fortunately we will never have that problem, because if we did, the American recession, along with every other recession across the world would be double what it is today.

The problem is that although Google is essentially the answer to every website’s search difficulties, it’s not perfect for individual sites. You’re forced to browse to whatever particular site that you are looking for, type in your search term(s), and browse through your results. Although this typically isn’t a big deal to most people, it would be nice if you could collectively have all of the engines in one central depot. This is what Sputtr does for you.

Sputtr brings together a majority of the top websites across the web, and links quick access to each of their respective search engines Cool Search Engines To Remember Cool Search Engines To Remember Read More . The screenshot below gives you a better idea of what I’m talking about.

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After entering any particular search term, you simply select whichever search engine you would like to use and it redirects you to that site’s engine automatically. It takes a different approach at meta-searching.

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It’s free, but not required, to sign-up for an account, and once you do you can customize your Sputtr page, however you like. There are 48 default engines, and hundreds of additional options to add yourself.

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If your particular site isn’t listed already, you can even manually add your own. I’ve done this for MakeUseOf here.

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In the end, this search engine tool is just another in the large collection for the ‘web lazy’. It eliminates browsing to an individual site search, and does so with a very clean, very fast and very easy-to-use interface.

Check it out, and see if it can become your new alternative to searching your favorite and most popular web sites.

Know of any similar alternatives to Sputtr? Is something like this worth switching over to?

  1. david
    February 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for this great article!

    I see myself use more and more vertical search engines. For example, I have been using http://greatpdf.com a lot these days for my research papers.

  2. banana
    February 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I agree that gcse is different. Actually I'm dissatisfied with cses because they work kind of different than google itself. I've been running four cses and poorly when I have a doubt that a search term is not found by them I know for sure I would find with 'site:searched-site search term' in google. Actually I was thinking about implementing a meta-search engine like sputtr just because I can't rely on google's cse. The best way to search in a list of websites is to make use of their own search engine...or as I think implement a search engine which makes use of google main site: search. I'm not happy with cse and I waited very long to give it time to index sites. Sorry.

  3. Mohan Arun
    February 12, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Google Custom Search is different in that you can only include existing websites' pages. For example you cannot search BlogPulse or IceRocket using Google Custom Search (you can add them but it wont work - I already tried) as those are search engines by themselves. I would add Serph, Flaptor, TweetScan, etc. to this Sputtr tool

  4. phaoloo
    February 11, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for telling this interesting tool.

    Another way to search withing your favorite sites is to use Google Custom Search.

    Simply create one and add your favorite to the Sites list, check the option Search only included sites, then get the code and embed to any blog or site you want.

    • T.J. Mininday
      February 11, 2009 at 10:52 pm

      Agreed, custom search works slick, as we have it implemented here. I don't think this falls into the same category though.

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