Do your part: Visit an alternative search engine by ZDNet's Larry Dignan -- Charles S. Knight has compiled a handy list of the top 100 alternative search engines on Read/Write Web. The one problem: No one has time to check them out. Indeed, Knight notes that people use the four main search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask.com) for 99.9% of their searches. That fact leads to another [...]
So I decided to give a try to atleast a couple of search engines mentioned in that blog.
I tried Fazzle.com and then I tried to compare the relevance of results (put more simply, I tried to check if I am able to find what I want to, on first page) with Big Daddy of them all, Google. Honestly speaking my faith on Google was somewhat shaken: Fazzle was showing better results!
But Google obviously has its strengths so now though Fazzle is my default search engine in IE7, Google Desktop's floating bar is also present on my desktop.
A nice feature of Fazzle is that you can see the preview of any search result page, on the results page only, and hence don't need to open the page to see, if it really has what you want. However, we as Googlers might feel search box a bit too tiny! Several other search options like audio,video,images,downloads etc are also there, but I haven't used them. There is also a news listing on the lines of Google News, but I didn't find it as good!There are some observations that I would have liked to share with you, but for now, they are too immature! So try out Fazzle and other engines. There would definitely be something different from Google