different types of search engines

Today, Google is the most powerful search engine on the planet. Billions of people google for all kinds of information they need, for activities ranging from doing homework to finding a restaurant nearby. Albeit a powerful one, Google is not a specific-purpose but just a general-purpose search engine among a plethora of others. As you are already aware of other types of search engines, take a look at a few of them listed below:

  • Alexa – more of a website monitor and less of a search engine; can be used to search sites.
  • Alibaba – the largest directory of suppliers around the world.
  • AltaVista – one of the oldest search engines.
  • Answers – find people-centric questions and answers in a variety of topics.
  • AnyWho – a telephone directory.
  • AOL Search – now employs Google’s search technology.
  • Araby – an Arabic language search engine popular in the Arab world.
  • Ask – former AskJeeves, this is still a popular one.
  • AskMeNow – a rising mobile search engine.
  • Baidu – the most popular one in The People’s Republic of China.
  • Bing – a general-purpose search engine from Microsoft.
  • Blinkx – a video meta search engine.
  • Bloglines – a search engine of blogs from around the world.
  • Blogscope – one of the rising blog search engines.
  • Business.com – a comprehensive business listing.
  • CareerBuilder – job and career related search engine.
  • CheatSearch – find cheats to the games you love.
  • Craigslist – a classified ads search engine; popular in North America.
  • Dice – an IT related search engine.
  • eHow – an online people-centric knowledge pool.
  • Email-Search – lets you search people through their email addresses.
  • Excite – a popular search engine from the mid- to late-nineties.
  • FlixFlux – a torrent search engine for audio-visual content.
  • Gigablast – according to the homepage it is not a coal-based search engine.
  • Go – a popular entertainment search engine.
  • Gonzui – a source code search engine.
  • Goo – search engine for all things related to Japan; popular in Japan.
  • Google – a general-purpose search engine from Google.
  • Grokker – a visual meta search engine.
  • Grub – they want to help fix search.
  • Guruji – the most popular search engine in The Republic of India.
  • Healia – the health search engine.
  • Hotbot – yet another search engine from the nineties.
  • IFAC Search – search for matters related to finance and accounting.
  • Info – a meta search engine.
  • InfoSpace – find people and local businesses.
  • JavaScriptSearch – search for code snippets.
  • LexisNexis – a subscription based search engine of interesting news.
  • Lycos – a popular entertainment portal and search engine in the nineties.
  • Mahalo – a human search engine.
  • Mamma – the mother of all search engines established in 1996.
  • MapQuest – a cartographic search engine.
  • Mobissimo – a meta search engine related to travel information.
  • Monster – the largest job and resume search engine on the planet.
  • Naver – the most popular search engine in Korea.
  • Northern Light – a popular search engine in mid-nineties and early tens.
  • Scirus – a scientific knowledge search engine.
  • Sesam – search engine customized for the Scandinavian market.
  • Shopping – a shopping search engine.
  • Shopzilla – search, compare prices and buy anything.
  • Skoolz – a school and college and university search engine.
  • Technorati – probably the largest blog catalogue.
  • The Lawyers’ List – a comprehensive list of lawyers in North America.
  • The Pirate Bay – one of the largest torrent search engines.
  • Topix – a news search engine.
  • Trexy – a search engine that lets you keep track from searches in other search engines.
  • Vivisimo – an experimental search engine that uses scientific linguistic functions.
  • Web-Cam-Search – the largest collection of web cams throughout the planet at one place.
  • WebMD – information related to health.
  • Wikia Search – an open source Internet search engine; comes from Wikipedians.
  • Wink – a people search engine from social networking sites and from the Internet.
  • Yahoo Search – a general-purpose search engine from Yahoo!
  • Yandex – a Russian search engine; for Russia.
  • YouTube – the second largest search engine on the planet. For videos only.
  • Zillow – a real estate search engine.

Please keep in mind that this list is far from complete, and if you are curious to find more, why not search for one yourself?


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