Tired and/or bored of the same white, blue, and green Google search format? I know I am! Fortunately, there are many just as effective alternatives to search related questions pertaining to Google. The lovely thing about this mega-search engine is that it's our current standard, no? It can also be a not so lovely thing as well when it comes to monopolizing the internet. This does lead to a problem, especially when internet laws are nearly impossible to enforce. On the lighter side, there are other big name competitors such as Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and Ask.com. Those work especially well if you're into searching certain subjects rather than pinpointing relevant information.
- Wikipedia has proven itself capable of substantial growth since its creation. You could find just about anything in any subject there from H2O to the meaning of life! Wikipedia would not be a great substitute, or rather, alternative to Google due to its 'wiki' based infrastructure. Although much of its information may seem well-rounded and convincing, it may not be real because of its users' intent to manipulate information. I would say that Google's best alternatives would very much be Yahoo, AOL, and Bing.
- Yahoo offers just as much as Google can - e-mail, search, news, feeds, and many more useful services. The only thing that Yahoo loses out on to Google is its popular search power. The peculiar thing about Yahoo is that before Google revolutionized the search world, it used to be the hustle and bustle of the user traffic. Yahoo also had and still implements the 'My Yahoo' link, where you could design your own page feel to meet your personal needs; although this is another thing that Google currently has, named 'IGoogle'.
- Another recently surfaced web search application would be Microsoft's 'Bing'. A self-proclaimed 'decision engine', Bing allows you to save your search info on other sites such as Facebook and Yahoo. Bing has many new features that current search engines don't. Instant answers to anything and video thumbnail previewing are just a few in the vast space of the Bing search network. Also, Yahoo had not too long ago made a deal with Microsoft that would allow Bing to be its primary search engine, thus enhancing Yahoo's search capabilities.
- AOL was the rage from early on. AOL was so very popular through mergers and spin-offs, that it would mail out free trials of itself to hopefully lure people into using its many services. It was the most advanced search engine of its day. The one thing that Yahoo didn't have against AOL is a web browser. Its true, as an Internet Explorer alternative, AOL created its very own browser in which you could surf the web. Today, Google has its very own internet browser as well, officially named 'Google Chrome'.
- Metasearch engines such as Ixquick work on multiple search engines on the web. For example, Ixquick will search other search forms that contain access to various sources of information. This is great when looking for anything with your keyword, but also negatively affects the relevant outcome.
There are many alternatives to Google in the forms of search, e-mail, browser capabilities, and news. You could safely say that if one didn't have it, Google will. Still, you cannot stop and buy all at one place for you never know what else the alternatives to Google might have in store for their users.