Posts Tagged ‘search engines’

how google works

April 3, 2012
This is rather a useful graphic to help get your head around Google:

Searching for an app?

July 29, 2011

Whether it’s an app to use on your shiny new iPad, your old Palm, your desktop PC – this might help you find what you need:
Give it a go and let us know what you think.
Thanks to J for finding this.

Duck Duck Go

July 22, 2011

And for those who’d just like a direct link to a search engine that does put you in a filter bubble (see yesterday), here’s Duck Duck Go:

Remember – this doesn’t adjust your results according to what it thinks you’re interested in.  And don’t forget that no search engine, not even Google, covers the whole internet so it’s always wise to have more than one in your toolkit.

Autocomplete Me

December 4, 2009

When you begin typing text into the search box in Google it automatically makes suggestions for you. Type in “libraries are” and among the suggestions you’ll find “libraries are important” which, in terms of the number of results, happens to outnumber those for “libraries are obsolete” by more than 20:1, which is encouraging. Sometimes you get some quite bizarre and amusing results, as highlighted on this site.


November 5, 2009

Using a diverse range of sources including Amazon, Twitter, Flickr and eBay, Spezify is a visual search engine that displays results as a mosaic of images and text boxes. The results seem a bit of a hotchpotch, but it’s fun.


June 8, 2009

Wolfram Alpha, Melzoo – now news comes to TOTD about another new search engine this time from Microsoft wanting to muscle in on Google’s territory:


Let us know what you make of it.


June 3, 2009

Melzoo initially looks like any other search engine until you enter your search term and hit return. The screen then splits in two with your search results down one side and a preview of the website on the other. As you hoover your mouse over each search result the preview pane quickly updates allowing you to scan through websites quickly. Very handy if you’re looking for a specific piece of information.


March 18, 2008

Yet another search engine:

It’s not bad at disambiguation which seems to be their selling-point so it might be helpful for those searches where there are many meanings to a search term.  From their blurb:

“Clusty is different from other well-known search engines because it sorts your keyword results into themed files of clusters.

For example, a search for the word “pearl” can be split into sections listing jewellery, Pearl Harbour, oysters and even the music group Pearl Jam.

Using the site is so simple. Just type the keyword in and the clusters are listed in a panel to the left.

Use the tabs in this panel to direct your search to results from a particular source, or even to sites with a given extension, useful when looking for information on a government or country specific site.”