Meta Search Engines

By tmuirtmuir (1228739661|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

I'm going to be totally honest here: I will probably never use a meta search engine again. At the start of the semester, I was probably using Google and only Google for ten out of every ten searches I did. Now that number is probably more like seven out of ten searches. But, the three searches that aren't one-and-done at Google are on more specialized sites: specific to news, or blogs, or images or whatever I am looking for - specifically. And specialized meta search engines are not.

Now, I have the Search Tool Data from our first assignment as well as the overlap data. But really, Google is usually 'good enough'. And maybe that is part of the problem. But I don't think that throwing 10 different search engines at me is the solution. I mean, I didn't even know that AltaVista was still around, I don't think I've used that since 1997. I guess maybe that just because I don't use it doesn't mean that it is bad, but it sure does feel that way. And then a site like Joongel puts 90 search engines on their main page. Ninety. That is ridiculous, and not necessary at all in my opinion.

I will say though, that as far as the meta seach engines go, the integrated search are headed in the right direction. Based on our Search tool data analysis an aggregate of a few search engines combined could be powerful. IxQuick does a very good job of aggregating different search engines and presenting them in a single list. It uses a star rating system that lets you know how often the site showed up on different search engines and then organizes them according to what showed up where the most. Pretty interesting, but I haven't used it in a meaningful way yet.

Also, Clusty just sounds like a dirty word to me and I don't like to say it.

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