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. The screenshot below gives you a better idea of what I’m talking about.
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.
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.
If your particular site isn’t listed already, you can even manually add your own. I’ve done this for MakeUseOf here.
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?