As we discovered last week when we enquired what you would rather give up than the Internet, this series of tubes you’re currently travelling through seems to be rather important to many of you. But the Web is also rather epic, with too many sites, blogs, videos, social networks, and pictures (mainly of cats) to just blindly click around. Which is where search engines enter into the equation.
Search engines come in all shapes and sizes, with some indexing the whole Web, and others indexing a more niche collection of content. We’ve highlighted some of these lesser-known Google alternatives, and talked about the differences between the big search engines. But it’s now time to discover your preferences.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, Which Search Engine Do You Use, & Why? This question really is as simple as it sounds. We want you to tell us which search engine you use, either on a daily basis or just occasionally, and why you use that one (or those ones) in particular.
Google is a pervasive entity that you will encounter at some point on your journeys around the Internetz. The fact is many of us actively choose Google to help us find a route through the maze of content that makes up the Web, using Google Search as our tipping off point. But there are other search engines to choose from.
Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Wolfram|Alpha are just four examples of search engines you could be using right now. Bing is Microsoft’s powerful, attractive Google alternative that remains (sadly) underused. Yahoo is powered by Bing but has a different UI. DuckDuckGo is a pared-down, privacy-conscious search engine. And Wolfram|Alpha bills itself as a “computational knowledge engine.”
What made you choose your preferred search engine in the first place? What is it that keeps you coming back? Would you ever consider switching, say from Google to Bing, or from Bing to DuckDuckGo? Do you stick with what you know, as many people do with banks, ISPs, and hardware brands?
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail the We Ask You Results. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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