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October 08, 2006

Search Tips (2) - Why Choose a Search Engine?

Google is by far the most popular search engine available today on the net. Nevertheless, the competition does exist and has been increasing in the past few months. Microsoft recently launched its new search engine called Live Search. Furthermore, competition from Yahoo and Ask.com has also heated up. Some of Google's competitors claim to produce better results than the leading giant from California. And frankly, the definition of “better” depends on the needs of different people. So instead of the “one-size-fits-all” attitudes that other search engines advocate, we came across a great tool that gives you the option of “not choosing,” which still allows you to extract the fruits of everything that is out there.

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Dogpile a new website that offers a great search tool for those who want the best results from the leading search engines. With its “Metasearch Technology,” Dogpile combines the best results from the 7 leading engines to supply more complete results on your query. That means that when you search for a word on Dogpile, it will automatically analyze that word for you so that you will only get the best aggregate results from search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

What does this mean to you? Well, have you ever had a huge research project that required you to search through almost every search engine sites out there? The proliferation of new search engines definitely didn’t help you, because there were a lot of search engines to browse through. And why did you do it? Because it is very much true that the exact same word you search on Google retrieves different sources than that of Yahoo or Altavista. So in the end, you end up with a bundle of useful information, but you’ve squandered 10 hours doing it. Look no further than Dogpile to solve that problem.

Dogpile only offers the best – what’s most clicked out there by internet users like you – in its search results page. For example, when you search “University of Michigan” on Google, Google will spit out 73 million+ websites for you to surf through. On Dogpile, you only get 93 of the most clicked websites related to the University of Michigan. That may be good for time-savers, but what if you want more than 93 sources?

DogPile allows you to customize your search experience. This is great leap forward from the “one-size-fits-all” search experience, in that users are allowed to:

What does this mean for you? If you like doing a surface level search on a topic, you may want to adjust your filter to “high” so that you will only get the most related sources that you need. But if you’re a professor who may want to know everything about a given topic before you write that thesis, you may want to turn your filter down so you will collect most of everything that’s out there.

Posted by orshotan at October 8, 2006 11:44 AM

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