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As we discovered last week when we enquired what you would rather give up than the Internet What Would You Give Up Before the Internet? [We Ask You] What Would You Give Up Before the Internet? [We Ask You] Imagine creating a list with the key things in your life ranked in order of how much you need them. Where would Internet access rank on that list? What would rank above and below it? Read More , 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 10 Of The Best Funny Cat Tumblrs To Fulfil Your Feline Fetish 10 Of The Best Funny Cat Tumblrs To Fulfil Your Feline Fetish It's time for me to come out as a cat lover. I cannot hold it in any longer, I love the little furballs, especially my own little furball of joy that cuddles up to me... Read More ) 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 Pause Google: 8 Alternative Search Engines To Find What Google Can't Pause Google: 8 Alternative Search Engines To Find What Google Can't We probably know all the Google search tricks, but there are still things that Google can't tell us at first glance. Google's a Hercules, but we shouldn't be shortsighted not to spot the midgets. Yes,... Read More , and talked about the differences between the big search engines What Do Bing And Yahoo Have That Google Doesn't? What Do Bing And Yahoo Have That Google Doesn't? While Google has everything that you might need, it has its shortcomings when pitted against some of the features Bing and Yahoo! have. Google isn't perfect, and I'm here to tell you why. Read More . 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 6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won't Find On Google 6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won't Find On Google In a world ruled by Google, at least where search is concerned, it’s sometimes hard to imagine a worthy alternative. DuckDuckGo is one website that is trying to offer such an alternative. If you’ve been... Read More is a pared-down, privacy-conscious search engine. And Wolfram|Alpha 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Wolfram Alpha Could Do 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Wolfram Alpha Could Do I continue to be amazed by Wolfram Alpha and the way it crunches numbers around openly available data. The result – it shows us the world in a far more inter-connected and interesting way. It... Read More bills itself as a “computational knowledge engine.”

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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?

Drawing Conclusions

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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