Existing search engines are unpopular

Existing search engines are unpopular

It is not about the "Yandex", or Bing. There are search services that are truly in something better than the market leaders. But if these search engines are so cool, why few of them, who knows?

At first glance it may seem that the better Google can only "Yandex", and not the fact. These companies invest in innovation and development of a huge amount. Really though someone has a chance to not only compete with the leaders, but also to win? Layfhakera answer: "Yes!" There are several search engines that have succeeded. Let's look at our heroes.

DuckDuckGo

Existing search engines are unpopular

What is the

DuckDuckGo - it's pretty well-known search engine for open source. Servers are located in the United States. In addition to its own robot, the search engine uses results from other sources: Yahoo! Search BOSS, "Wikipedia", Wolfram | Alpha.

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DuckDuckGo has positioned itself as a search for maximum privacy and confidentiality. The system does not collect any information about the user, does not keep logs (no search history), the use of the cookie is limited as much as possible.

DuckDuckGo does not collect users' personal information and shares it. This is our Privacy Policy.

Gabriel Weinberg (Gabriel Weinberg), founder DuckDuckGo

Why do you

All the major search engines are trying to personalize the search results based on the data about the person in front of the monitor. This phenomenon is called "filter bubble": the user sees only the results that are consistent with his preferences, or that the system deems such.

DuckDuckGo forming an objective picture, does not depend on your past behavior on the web, and eliminates the issue ads and Google "Yandex", based on your requests. With the help of DuckDuckGo easy to search for information in foreign languages: Google and "Yandex" prefer Russian-language website by default, even if the request is entered in another language.

Nigma

Existing search engines are unpopular

What is the

"Nigma" - Russian metasearch system, developed by graduates of the Moscow State University Viktor Lavrenko and Vladimir Chernyshov. Searches on Google's index, the Bing, "Yandex" and others, and also has its own search algorithm.

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Search indexes all the major search engines allows you to create a relevant issue. In addition, "Nigma" divides the results into several thematic groups (clusters) and prompts the user to narrow down the search field, discarding unnecessary or highlighting priority. Thanks to the module "Mathematics" and "Chemistry" is possible directly in the search bar to solve mathematical problems and ask for the results of chemical reactions.

Why do you

It eliminates the need to search for the same query in different search engines. Cluster system makes it easy to manipulate the search results. For example, "Nigma" collects in a separate cluster results from online stores. If you do not intend to buy something, just exclude this group. Selecting a cluster "English site", you get the issue only in English. Modules "Mathematics" and "Chemistry" to help students.

Unfortunately, at present, the project is not developed, as developers have shifted their activities to the Vietnamese market. Nevertheless, "Nigma" until not only outdated, but still gives Google a head start on some things. Let's hope that the development will resume.

not Evil

Existing search engines are unpopular

What is the

not Evil - the system searches the anonymous Tor network. To use the need to go to the network, for example by running a specialized browser of the same name. not Evil is not the only search engine of its kind. There LOOK (search by default in Tor-browser, is available from the usual Internet) or TORCH (one of the oldest search engines in the Tor-network), and others. We stopped for not Evil because of the unequivocal hint of self Google (just look at the home page). better

Looking for places where the Google, "Yandex" and other search engines entrance is closed in principle.

Why do you

The Tor network a lot of resources that can not be found in the law-abiding Internet. And as authorities tightened control over the content of the web, their number will grow. Tor - is a kind of network within the network: with its social programs, torrent trackers, media, marketplaces, blogs, libraries and so on.

YaCy

Existing search engines are unpopular

What is the

YaCy - decentralized search engine works on the principle of P2P networks. Every computer that is running the main program module that scans the Internet on their own, that is, is an analogue of a crawler. The results are collected in a common database, which is used by all the participants of YaCy.

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It is difficult to say it is better or worse, as YaCy - is a completely different approach to the organization of search. Lack of a single server, and the company's owner makes the results totally independent of someone's preferences. The autonomy of each node eliminates censorship. YaCy is able to search the deep web and non-indexable public networks.

Why do you

If you are a supporter of open source software and free Internet is not subject to the influence of government agencies and large corporations, the YaCy is your choice. Also it can be used to organize search within a corporate or other stand-alone network. And if still in the home YaCy is not too useful, it is a viable alternative to Google in terms of search process.

Pipl

Existing search engines are unpopular

What is the

Pipl - a system designed to search for information about a particular person.

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Pipl authors claim that their specialized algorithms are looking more effective than "normal" search engines. In particular, the priority sources of information are the profiles of social networks, comments, lists of participants and different databases, which publishes information about people, such as the base of court decisions. Pipl leadership in this area is confirmed by estimates Lifehacker.com, TechCrunch and other publications. Why do you

If you need to find information about people living in the United States, Pipl is much more effective than Google. Russian ships base data, apparently not available to the search engine. Therefore, the citizens of Russia, he manages not so good.

FindSounds

Existing search engines are unpopular

What is the

FindSounds - another specialized search engine. Looking for different sounds (house, nature, machines, people, and so on) in the public domain. The service does not support requests in Russian, but there is an impressive list of Russian-language tags, which you can search.

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The issue only sounds and nothing more. In Search Settings you can set the desired format and sound quality. All the found sounds available for download. There is a search of sounds modeled.

Why do you

If you need to quickly find the sound of musket shots, hitting sapsucker or cry Homer Simpson, then this service is for you. And I chose the only available Russian-language queries. English range even wider. But seriously, specialized service involves a specialized audience. But suddenly, and useful to you?

Life alternative search engines is often short-lived. On the long-term prospects of such projects Layfhaker asked the former general director of Ukrainian branch of the company "Yandex" Sergei Petrenko.

- What is the fate of alternative search engines, it is simple: to be very niche project with a small audience, hence without clear commercial prospects or, on the contrary, quite clearly their absence.

If you look at the examples in the article, it is clear that such search engines, or specialize in a narrow but popular niche that only as long as possible, not grown enough to be visible on Google's radar or "Yandex", or test the original hypothesis in the rankings, which is not yet applicable in the normal search. For example, if you search for Tor will suddenly demand that is out of need at least a percentage of Google audience, of course, conventional search engines will start to solve the problem of how to find them and show to the user. If the behavior of the audience shows that a significant proportion of people are appreciable amount of queries seem more relevant results data without taking into account factors, depending on the user, "Yandex" or Google will give such results.

"Being the best" in the context of this article does not mean "to be better in everything." Yes, in many aspects of our heroes far from Google and "Yandex" (even before Bing far). But each of these services gives the user something that can not offer the search industry giants.

Author: Sergey Kovyrshin.