10 best search engines every student should know

Posted: June 6, 2010 in education, information, Technology

A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are usually presented in a list of results and are commonly called hits. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in databases or open directories. Unlike Web directories, which are maintained by human editors, search engines operate algorithmically or are a mixture of algorithmic and human input.

There is a list of search engines that a student should follow.

1.Google:-

Google Search or Google Web Search is a web search engine owned by Google Inc. Google search was originally developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1997. and is the most-used search engine on the Web.  Google receives several hundred million queries each day through its various services. The main purpose of Google Search is to hunt for text in webpage, as opposed to other data, such as with Google Image Search.

Google Search provides more than 22 special features beyond the original word-search capability. These include

  • Synonyms
  • Weather forecasts
  • Time zones
  • Stock quotes
  • Maps
  • Earthquake data
  • Movie showtimes
  • Airports
  • Home listings
  • Sports scores

And also provides search for some special features like numbers,  prices, temperatures, money/unit conversions (“10.5 cm in inches”), calculations ( 3*4+sqrt(6)-pi/2 ), package tracking, patents, area codes,[6]  and rudimentary language translation of displayed pages.

2.Yahoo! Search

Yahoo! Search is a web search engine, owned by Yahoo! Inc.  And was as of December 2009, the 2nd largest search engine on the web by query volume, at 6.29%, after its competitor Google at 85.35% and before Bing at 3.27%, according to Net Applications.

Originally, Yahoo! Search started as a web directory of other websites, organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages. In the late 1990s, Yahoo! evolved into a full-fledged portal with a search interface and, by 2007, a limited version of selection-based search.

Yahoo! Search, originally referred to as Yahoo! provided Search interface, would send queries to a searchable index of pages supplemented with its directory of sites. The results were presented to the user under the Yahoo! brand. Originally, none of the actual web crawling and storage/retrieval of data was done by Yahoo! itself. In 2001 the searchable index was powered by Inktomi and later was powered by Google until 2004, when Yahoo! Search became independent. Yahoo! Search major competitors are: Google Search, Bing and Ask Search.

3.Bing

Bing (formerly Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search), is the current web search engine (advertised as a “decision engine”)[2]  from Microsoft. Bing was unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on May 28, 2009 at the All Things Digital conference in San Diego. It went fully online on June 3, 2009,[3]  with a preview version released on June 1, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced a deal in which Bing would power Yahoo! Search.


4.Ask.com

Ask.com (or Ask Jeeves in the United Kingdom) is a search engine founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California. The original search engine software was implemented by Gary Chevsky from his own design. Chevsky, Justin Grant, and others built the early AskJeeves.com website around that core engine. Three venture capital firms, Highland Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and The RODA Group were early investors.  Ask.com is currently owned by InterActiveCorp under the NASDAQ symbol IACI.

5.AOL Search

AOL is best known for its online software suite, also called AOL ,  that allowed millions of customers around the world to access the world’s largest “walled garden” online community and eventually reach out to the internet as a whole. At its zenith, AOL’s membership was over 30 million members worldwide,  most of whom accessed the AOL service through the AOL software suite.

6.eHow

eHow is an online how-to guide with more than 1 million articles and 170,000 videos offering step-by-step instructions. eHow content is created by both professional experts and amateur members and covers a wide variety of topics organized into a hierarchy of categories. eHow.com was founded in March 1999. eHow.com hosted more than 140,000 how-to articles and videos and has received more than 11 million unique visitors per month. By May 2008, the number of articles had increased to more than 337,000.It’s a question answer search engine.


7. Answers.com

Answers.com is a Q&A website, which includes WikiAnswers and ReferenceAnswers. Launched in January 2005, the website is the primary product of the Answers Corporation.

Answers Corporation was founded as GuruNet Corporation in 1999, to developed technology that intelligently and automatically integrates and retrieves information from disparate sources and delivers the result in a single consolidated view to the user. The company initially developed a software product, today know as 1-Click Answers, which was sold to users on a perpetual license base and later as an annual subscription.

8. Mamma

Mamma.com was launched in 1996 by Herman Tumurcuoglu in Montreal, Canada. It was one of the web’s first tier 2 metasearch engines.

Copernic Technologies Inc. was incorporated In July, 1996, under the name Agents Technology Inc. Copernic Agent is a commercial metasearch utility for the Microsoft Windows family operating systems. There are three versions of Copernic Agent available, each offering a variety of features. Copernic Inc. also provides home and business software products for desktop, web and mobile users through their web sites.

9. HotBot

HotBot is one of the early Internet search engines and was launched in May 1996 as a service of Wired Magazine. It was launched using a “new links” strategy of marketing, claiming to update its search database more often than its competitors. It also offered free webpage hosting, but only for a short time, and it was taken down without any notice to its users. It was one of the first search engines to offer the ability to search within search results.

Though competitive when it was acquired by Lycos in 1998, HotBot has in recent years reduced its scope. Today the website is merely a front end for third-party search engines Yahoo.com, and MSN, as well as Lycos’ own lyGo.com.

10. Infoseek

Infoseek was a very popular search engine founded in 1994 by Steve Kirsch. It was also known as “big yellow”.

Infoseek was originally operated by the Infoseek Corporation, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.  Infoseek was bought by The Walt Disney Company in 1998, and the technology was merged with that of the Disney-acquired Starwave to form the Go.com network. Since then it has been replaced with Yahoo! search. Infoseek featured a very complex system of search modifiers, including Boolean modifiers such as the most basic “OR” and “NOT”, parentheses, and quotes, up to being able to say that one wanted one word or phrase to appear within x number of words from another word or phrase.

Before being bought by Disney, Infoseek also offered a free web hosting package. It was free of advertising, and had no limit on the amount of file storage space that could be used. Advertising was added after the Disney purchase.

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  1. […] A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are usually presented in a list of results and are commonly called hits. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in databases or open directories. Unlike Web directories, which are maintained by human editors, search engines operate algorithmically or are a … Read More […]

  2. Welcome, cool site. I am also leading one’s so I know how hard it is. Your articles are great, although not always I agree with evertything that you write, but in spite of that I will visit your blog more often. I wish you the success and the perseverance in running the blog, Georgia

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