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Searching for that elusive fact!

After reading Ray Fleming’s recent blog entries about writing blogs I was most interested episode 3 where he talked about getting onto the first page of Google and why Google was the important used engine in the UK.

We were also lucky enough to have Adam Bates, from Encyclopedia Britannica, come along to the Northants IT Managers’ Network where he talked about the misuse of search engines to look for images (mainly Google Images) and forgetting (or ignoring) the copyright implications.

When Ray first blogged about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and blogging I tweeted back about how would you do it for Bing… half in jest, but after thinking about it, it is now a serious question.

So, I am lucky at what options are available to me to try and spend a month without Google. I must alter my search bars to use something else and I think Bing and Yahoo will take to the fore, but I am looking for other suggestions too.

If you want to look for something specific where do you go? For news I would tend to go for BBC or Sky, sport is BBC or Sky, pictures I would go to Flickr… and so on.

Please feel free to add your suggestions and I will blog each day to let you know how it goes…. Now to work out how to change Safari on iPhone to use something other than google.

3 replies on “Searching for that elusive fact!”

The power of Google is incredible and my immediate choice for searching the web. However, just as BBC is my immediate choice for news, my immediate choice for ICT related queries is Twitter. It works like an informed search engines, bringing forward not a list of names, but a list of opinions, which, thus far has been invaluable.

I’ve actually been using ‘other than Google’ for my searching for about 6 months now, primarily using Bing (and it’s previous incarnation Live Search). I’m particularly fond of Bing Maps for it’s ‘Bird Eye’ view, which I find much clearer than a top-down satellite view, and easier to navigate than Google’s Street view.

My suggestions for additional options run very much along the lines of your original thinking – I use BBC News and Times Online for news, often use Flickr for images (particularly useful as the Advanced search allows you to specify only Creative Commons licensed images). I also have Wikipedia in my search bar and find myself heading to that as a starting point for information on a topic, though obviously that relies on the topic I’m looking for being well-referenced.

Overall, I don’t really miss Google. When I first made the switch I found Live Search was actually producing more relevant results, though YMMV. The only thing I find myself heading there for sometimes is the image search, as Bing’s image search doesn’t have an ‘extra large’ image search.

How about trying BlindSearch for a week, and see what it tells you about the search engines.

It presents the results from Google, Bing and Yahoo all on one page – anonymised, so I then find myself reverse engineering it in my head (and normally, being wrong!)


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