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50 unique search engines – that are not Google – Part2

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

This post is a continuation for “50 unique search engines – that are not Google – Part1

Twitter based Search

  1. http://backtweets.com – Searches for and returns all tweets containing a web address you specify. What’s interesting is it even pulls web addresses hidden behind URL Shorteners. If you don’t have a specific link but know the domain name, you can enter that and it will return all links from that domain name.

    backtweets

    backtweets

  2. http://tweettabs.com – with Tweettabs you can use the search box to easily search twitter for tweets and it will automatically update each tab with new content when it comes in (real time).

    tweettabs

    tweettabs

  3. http://twitpipe.com – similar to Tweettabs with the added features of location based updates and a pause button (for hot trending topics).

    twitpipe

    twitpipe

  4. http://twitterjobfinder.com – states “Nothing but the freshest 35,044 job tweets from the last seven days”

    twitterjobfinder

    twitterjobfinder

  5. http://www.twitterjobsearch.com – this is a job search engine for twitter. Updates are provided as they occur. The service also enables you to create an RSS feed for your favorite job keywords.

    twitterjobsearch

    twitterjobsearch

  6. Search Engine Results Comparison

  7. http://www.bingandgoogle.com – very straightforward website. Enter keywords and this website will compare the results for bing.com and google.com side by side.

    bingandgoogle

    bingandgoogle

  8. http://bingle.pwnij.com – almost exactly like bingandgoogle.com with the added feature of being able to toggle seamlessly between split screen side by side results or full screen displaying either search engine.

    bingle

    bingle

  9. Comparison Shopping

  10. http://www.hotelscombined.com – what stuck out about this site for me were the multitude of hotel reviews by other travelers and its clean user friendly interface.

    hotelscombined

    hotelscombined

  11. http://www.beatmyprice.com – this website has saved me money plenty of times. You enter the item you want to purchase and the best price you found and it returns results from other shoppers who may have found a lower price. A nice take on social shopping.

    beatmyprice

    beatmyprice

  12. http://www.trulia.com – Real Estate listings, maps, comps—all in one place. Includes apartment rentals.

    trulia

    trulia

  13. http://www.voyij.com – you can use voyij.com to find the best travel deals and specials from your city. Great for adventurous travelers without a set destination in mind yet.

    voyij

    voyij

  14. http://www.yakaz.com – as of this writing this website claims 3,984,577 classified ads coming from 7518 websites. You search for items based on your desired location.

    yakaz

    yakaz

  15. Feed based search

  16. http://www.feedmil.com – Feedmil’s goal is to help people search feeds of interest in the most efficient and easiest possible way through the use of innovative technologies and user interfaces.

    feedmil

    feedmil

  17. Social Media based search

  18. http://wink.com – Wink.com is the largest online people search with more than 200 million people profiles from across the Web, including social networks and other online communities.

    wink

    wink

  19. http://www.spock.com – Spock uses a combination of search engine technologies and user edits to aggregate the world’s people information and make it searchable.

    spock

    spock

  20. http://www.zoominfo.com – as per zoominfo.com authors, “With in-depth profiles on over 45M business people and 5M companies, you can find people you know and those you need to know with our solutions.”

    zoominfo

    zoominfo

  21. Real Time Search

  22. http://www.scoopler.com – This website aggregates and organizes content being shared on the internet as it happens, like eye-witness reports of breaking news, photos and videos from big events, and links to the hottest memes of the day.

    scoopler

    scoopler

  23. Other

  24. http://www.archive.org/web/web.php – Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. Cool to see how the websites we visit have evolved.

    waybackweb

    waybackweb

  25. http://rollyo.com – A searchroll is a collection of the sites you trust and find useful. It’s a personal search engine you create to provide relevant results from a hand selected list of reliable sites.

    rollyo

    rollyo

  26. http://www.urltrends.com – Enter any url link and you will receive a report of all aspects of traffic (page rank, inbound links, outgoing links, etc). As of this writing these reports are free.

    urltrends

    urltrends

  27. http://www.tunefind.com – Ever get a song stuck in your head that you heard in a movie or tv show but don’t know the name? This website enables you to find songs you’ve heard on television or in movies.

    tunefind

    tunefind

  28. http://tutsearch.net – Search over 100 hand-picked tutorial sites.

    tutsearch

    tutsearch

  29. http://www.wolframalpha.com – aside from sounding like a “b” horror movie this looks to be a powerful search engine with a world of possibilities.

    wolframalpha

    wolframalpha

  30. http://www.golexa.com – returns numerous website analytic tool results for any site returned based on your keywords entered.

    golexa

    golexa

  31. http://whatsopen.com/search/live – a mashup that shows you which stores, restaurants, bars, etc are open and until what time. The application is location based so you provide the zip code or city/state and the open establishments will show up on a map with their address.

    whatsopen

    whatsopen

So there you have it – 50 websearch alternatives that will hopefully enhance your internet experience.  Thanks for reading!

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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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Use these 6 UX design techniques to make your top ten lists more readable

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: blog, webdesign, writing | Tags: , , , , |

With the amount of information the average person must interpret on a daily basis how do you entice your readers to read another top ten list? By using good usability design standards you can ensure your readers will get the most out of your post in the shortest period of time.


1

Shorter is better – top ten style lists can quickly get unusable once they include more items over ten. For instance, the more items over ten that are featured, the less likely people will read the items further down the list.

2

Give the user as much information about the list before the jump. If the use has to scroll down to find out why they should read this list they probably won’t.

3

Number your items. This will help your readers more quickly see where they are in the article and effectively separate each item featured.

4

Use HTML <li> tag and CSS to format your lists – read these for reference

http://mirificampress.com/permalink/the_amazing_li

http://www.sohtanaka.com/web-design/css-ordered-list-enhancement-tutorial/

http://codeasily.com/css/style-ordered-list

5

If you are going to use pictures or screenshots, optimize them so they don’t take forever to load. Consider size, quality, and image type when creating your thumbnails. Link:  Online Image Optimizer- GIF, JPG, and PNG is a website designed just for that very purpose.

6

If your top ten lists is a list of images, offer them as a download them all option (zip file) at the end of the article. Your readers will appreciate it.  If your CMS does not allow hosting .zip files there are plenty of sites who will host the file for free.  I use www.filesavr.com because it is easy to upload and equally simple for your readers to download.

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