Are you ready to say goodbye to Google? Maybe not right away. Still, you should be aware that there’s an entire plethora of alternative search engines out there that can serve a lot of purposes in case you and Google need a break from each other. Let’s see what each of them does.
Of course, Microsoft’s Bing is still the second most loved search engine in the world. But does that mean you should use it? Well, evidently this is not a yes or no question because it depends on what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re on the search for airplane tickets, then yes, you should go to Bing. It can predict if and when airfares will go up or down. It has twice the number of autocompletes Google has if that’s your thing and its video search page is better, showing thumbnails.
This is the search engine that prides itself on not retaining any of your personal data while you browse. This means that DuckDuckGo will not track you. Nor will it manipulate the results of your searches based on your previous behavior. Therefore, if you were worried that Google was doing that, Duck is your guy.
It is true that Google is getting better all the time at answering more complicated questions. However, as far as alternative search engines go, when it comes to a personal touch, Quora is still light years ahead of its game. You can ask a question here, and you have an erudite community that will provide an answer for you. Or you can choose one of the previously asked questions.
When you open Dogpile, it looks like a fifth grader’s failed art school project that they plastered together with clip-art back in the 2000s. However, if you can get past that, Dogpile is here to offer you results from various search engines which include Google, Yahoo, and Yandex but without all the ads. Hence the name – Dogpile.
Yes, this is not a search engine per se. However, if you are to turn away from Google and find an alternative, you will also need to find another YouTube, right? Enter Vimeo. It has tons of HD videos. Plus, it’s entirely ad-free.
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6. Ask Jeeves
We know, we were just as surprised as you were when we hit enter, and the page sprung into life. We were even more surprised that it worked. Yet, here we are. Ask Jeeves is still very much around. The engine was named after a fictional British valet by the name Jeeves, a character from the humorous books of P.G. Wodehouse.
With the search engine, you’ll notice you get the related searches on the right and not at the bottom like in Google. Plus, when you click on one of the results, it automatically opens in a new tab. That’s pretty cool. Right?
Our six choices of alternative search engines are Bing, Vimeo, Dogpile, DuckDuckGo, Quora, and Ask Jeeves. Of course, if you’re bold enough, you can also consider Giphy an alternative search engine. Do we really need anything more than gifs? What do you think?