50 unique search engines – that are not Google – Part1

Posted on July 2, 2009. Filed under: blog | Tags: , , |

Google.com and its competitors are great tools for keyword based searches and they also provide great advanced search tools. These advanced search tools are what led me to look into several unique search engines that aren’t Google. I researched many websites and quite a few didn’t make the list. My criteria for listing these websites included:

  1. Must have a clean interface with a clear indication of what the website does
  2. The featured website should be original OR;
  3. If not completely original should improve upon the search options I currently use

The list is split into several grouping categories as you will see below.  Enjoy!

Multimedia (Music, Video)

  1. http://www.meuzer.com – Meuzer is a free online music service that allows you to: Search and stream music -Playlist, rate, and comment on songs – Show you what your friends are listening to through the music feed -Tag songs for your friends just like you tag photos

    meuzer

    meuzer

  2. http://www.howcast.com – This site, powered by Truveo, presents how to videos in a fun and social way.

    howtoCapture

    howcast

  3. http://tv.blinkx.com – extends the scope of services like Hulu and even tv provider websites (which tend to focus on recent episodes) by including results from lesser known video hosting websites.

    blinx

    blinx

  4. http://www.videosurf.com – according to Videosurf, “We search Hulu, CNN, Metacafe, ESPN, Comedy Central and more to find you the best videos on the web!”

    videosurf

    videosurf

  5. http://trailerfreaks.com – Trailer Freaks enables you to watch movie trailers in high definition (up to 1080p), by downloading them to your computer.

    trailerfreaks

    trailerfreaks

  6. Document Search (pdf, doc, xls, ppt, rtf)

  7. http://www.pdfgeni.com – allows you to search for pdf’s only. Searches the titles and also matches your search terms with the pdf contents.

    pdfgeni

    pdfgeni

  8. http://pdfdatabase.com – similar to pdfgeni.com but also allows you to do a separate search for .doc files.

    pdfdatabase

    pdfdatabase

  9. http://www.docjax.com/home/index.shtml – DocJax.com is a search engine for documents, which allow you to search documents and e-book from everywhere, preview them and even download them for free. You can filter your search by doc type (pdf, doc, xls, ppt).

    docjax

    docjax

  10. http://the-manuals.com – website dedicated to locating user manuals for you to download and read online.

    manuals

    manuals

  11. Images

  12. http://www.wdl.org/en/ – The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

    wordldigital

    wordldigital

  13. http://www.themoviedb.org – download HD resolution wallpapers of your favorite movies with this user driven “wiki-style” movie database.

    themoviedb

    themoviedb

  14. Visual Search

  15. http://www.searchme.com – Searchme lets you see what you’re searching for. Literal screenshots of the search results are displayed in a cover flow style interface. Additionally, videos are often playable without leaving the interface.

    searchme

    searchme

  16. http://www.liveplasma.com – Liveplasma calls itself a discovery engine that enables you to look for your favorite bands, movies or directors to obtain a map that details other potential interests.

    liveplasma

    liveplasma

  17. http://labs.ideeinc.com/multicolr – Idee Inc. has extracted the colours from 10 million of the most “interesting” Creative Commons images on Flickr. Using their visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by colour.

    multicolr

    multicolr

  18. http://tineye.com – TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. An image can come from either a weblink or from your computer.

    tineye

    tineye

  19. http://www.spezify.com – Spezify is a search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways. They “take web search further, away from endless lists of blue text links and towards a more intuitive experience.”

    spezify

    spezify

  20. General Search (Advanced Features)

  21. http://www.bing.com – Microsoft’s newest entry into search. They are calling it a decision engine.

    bing

    bing

  22. http://www.yauba.com – Yauba seeks to transform the way people find information online, while providing maximum protection for their safety, security and privacy.

    yauba

    yauba

  23. http://clusty.com – Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This “metasearch” approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom.

    clusty

    clusty

  24. http://www.alltheweb.com/advanced?advanced=1& – AllTheWeb provides you with the controls necessary to find exactly what you are looking for, including some of the most sophisticated advanced search features available.

    alltheweb

    alltheweb

  25. http://www.ask.com – Ask.com’s innovative search technologies deliver fast and relevant information for millions of people every day.

    ask

    ask

  26. http://www.evri.com – “Evri is building a way for content to network–a way for that great article you just read to make meaningful connections with every other contextually relevant article, paper, blog, image, audio clip or video on the web.” Sounds like a lofty goal – worth a look.

    evri

    evri

  27. http://www.cluuz.com – Whereas a standard search engine shows links in a list, Cluuz instead peers into the searched web pages, extracts important terms and images, clusters them and gives them in chart format (semantic graph) and in a tag cloud where you can click on any entity to further focus your search.

    cluzz

    cluzz

  28. http://www.ixquick.com – Ixquick is a metasearch engine: when you search Ixquick, you are searching many popular search engines – anonymously – at the same time. Combined, these engines cover more of the Internet than any one search engine covers.

    ixquick

    ixquick

  29. http://www.zuula.com – this website returns results from several search engines in an intuitive tabbed interface. From zuula.com, “Zuula is very customizable and easy to use. For each search type, you can set your preferences for which search engines are included and in what order. The search engine tabs can also be rearranged right from the search results page by dragging and dropping them.”

    zuula

    zuula

  30. http://yubnub.org – calls itself the “command line” of the net. This website allows you to use and create “shortcuts” to achieve your searching needs. Could be a real time saver for power searchers. Here is an excellent article that does a great job of demonstrating this powerful tool http://lifehacker.com/software/technophilia/yubnub-web-search-command-line-275460.php .

    yubnub

    yubnub

Click here for 50 unique search engines – that are not Google – Part2!

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Kalim Fleet is a professional web designer and blogger with over 6 years experience. The web is his passion as he splits his time between blog writing, software development and social media. He loves using and developing new applications for the web, mobile, and desktop.

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Google.com and its competitors are great tools for keyword based searches and they also provide great advanced search tools. These advanced search tools are what led me to look into several unique search engines that aren't Google.

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