Search engines have become a staple of our everyday lives, and, in general, they all seem pretty much the same. You go there, type in a word, and get a list of results. But what if your search could be different?
Now it can! Next time you’re out searching the web, try something a little different!
http://www.cuil.com/ – Sporting a new search algorithm and a cool new look, Cuil returns results in a graphically enhanced format.
http://www.wolframalpha.com/ – The first ever semantic computation search engine, Wolfram Alpha works to find the answer to all your questions. Including “What is the meaning of life?”
Harnessing the power of the search community:
http://socialmention.com – Social Mention searches social media sources (like blogs) for your key term returning results based on what people are talking about right now!
http://www.mahalo.com/ – Have a burning question you would like answered? Mahalo is your answer! Mahalo means thank you in Hawaiian, and you will be saying Mahalo once your question is answered! Mahalo is a knowledge exchange community where you submit a question and others answer it. Mahalo works off of the community’s collective intelligence to seek out answers.
http://bingle.nu/ – With a heads up side-by-side display Bingle shows you results from both Bing and Google simultaneously.
http://duckduckgo.com/ – In an attempt to get you to your result faster, Duck Duck Go give you relevant information right at the top of your search result page.
http://www.kosmix.com/ – Kosmix claims to be your “guide to the Web.” Presenting data in a magazine like fashion, Kosmix attempts to give you a brief glimpse of what is happening on the net today. The search results are augmented with select images from the site allowing you to preview the type of graphics you might find on a particular page.
Looking for media?
http://creativesear.ch/ – Creative Search functions much like your typical search engine, except that it returns your results in the form of not only text, but also pictures, video, and other forms of multimedia.
http://taggalaxy.de/ – Tag Galaxy is a search engine specifically for flickr photos. Searching scours Flicker tags and returns a concept map (fashioned after a galaxy) of results. You can search terms together to find images with particular themes. Or you can just check out some of the neat artwork available on Flicker. Enter your keyword and start galaxy surfing today!