Do the check: can you do without Google?
Surprisingly, most people say "Google" when they mean "search engine" - and "search engine" when they speak of Google. In view of Google's market power, this is not surprising, in this country the service is used almost exclusively for online research it still: the ousted rival providers who are also searching - Yahoo, for example, remains in the market despite hacked servers and fished user data. The Yahoo search results are officially "Powered by Bing", but for nostalgics it is nice to know that the web is -Pioneer is not yet extinct. Numerous searches important in the history of technology also exist to this day. A selection is presented below - helpful if Google goes on strike due to (rare) server problems or you want to turn your back on it. To the highlights of the alternatives include anonymous searches, social projects and CO2-neutral server operation he well-known older services, but smaller, little-known ones. It is best to try several web searches, in the end you don't have to stick to one service, you can combine several - also as an addition to Google. The smaller services may find content that is unknown to the top dog.
Google alternatives: worth a look
The Best Google Alternatives: Really Good?
Many of the alternative services sound interesting, but very few users are likely to remain loyal to them. There are advantages over Google, but in the end the latter is used again. Which does not mean that the other services are bad: They are different, unfamiliar. Google is known and used. A self-experiment shows that Google's turnaround works:
The article writer used Google for years. He decided to use Bing mostly for a week - and now swears by it both professionally and privately. He doesn't like Google and is now only used sporadically. Bing is also a data octopus, but if that results in better search results, the author overlooks it. The experiment took place at the end of January 2019. An addition from the beginning of 2020 (still valid in 2021): "I still use Bing more often and more than Google. I do google, especially if, based on in-depth Bing experience, I am of the opinion that Bing won't find any suitable search results anyway. Special Searches are better with Google: I have in mind which of my regular search words are better kept on Google. For everything else I use Bing. I don't want to generalize: In other individual cases Bing delivers better search results. Example Media Markt: I was in front a new Asus notebook, wanted to research the product name. Google found: nothing. Bing found: a few search results. The example is an example of the fact that Google by no means searches the entire web. Bing not only shows search results differently, but in some cases in the Difference to Google anything at all. "
Search anonymously and surf! Set StartPage.com as the default search engine.
StartPage: Googling without Google
The advantage of dealing with alternative services to Google at an early stage: You already know their special features should the market leader get stuck - or if you think that you will not get any further with Google. If the top dog does not lead you to your goal, another service provider may provide a helpful result. Usually an additional search is not necessary, Google knows the vastness of the Internet and satisfies most inquiries.
Do you appreciate Google and don't want to flirt with another engine? StartPage might still be something for you: The service anonymizes Google search queries - by mediating between you and Google, similar to a proxy. How to eliminate the data protection vulnerability: Google learns a lot from its users. StartPage bypasses this and delivers the tried and tested Google hits (what remains is the "disadvantage" of getting used to it). Speaking of proxy, because of the "Anonymous View" function, StartPage literally works like this: Click on the mask next to Search results and open the respective page with a different IP address. According to its own statement, StartPage pays to use Google content. Incidentally, the Ixquick service was incorporated into StartPage; whoever navigates to ixquick.com lands on startpage.com.
Web veterans: The oldest search engines
You probably know Microsoft Bing (formerly MSN, then Live Search) and Yahoo, which have existed for a long time. The pioneers are joined by AOL, Lycos, Fireball and Ask (not to be confused with ask.fm). The search services continue to this day, but former related offers are not: Windows Live Messenger as the successor to MSN Messenger has been discontinued; Users should use the in-house Skype or Microsoft Teams. Yahoo and AOL have buried their instant messengers, Lycos did so with its user community Cosmiq (formerly Lycosiq). Yahoo has given the photo community Flickr into stranger hands (to SmugMug). Ask gained quite a stir with its toolbar of the same name, which often unintentionally integrated itself into the browser during software installations. The toolbar plague is out of the world - finding installers with Ask Toolbar is difficult these days. There used to be special cleaning tools for removing toolbars, including multi-toolbar remover for browser toolbars from several providers. Today, the range of such software is badly thinned out.
Yahoo search with Bing engine
Years ago, a cooperation between Yahoo and Microsoft became public, according to which the Yahoo search results come from Bing. Since current information on this is scarce on the Internet, we asked Microsoft (at the end of February 2019). The information still seems up to date:
"Yahoo shows 'Powered by Bing' at the bottom of the search results pages, do you know whether the Yahoo search results are currently from Bing?"
Lisa Schell (Microsoft Germany): "Yes, the search results come from Bing."
"Will Yahoo's own techniques change these Yahoo search results?"
Lisa Schell: "Not the web search results. Yahoo sometimes uses its own instant responses - such as weather information or local business directory entries."
An e-mail request was also sent to Yahoo, the company did not respond.
Exciting set search engines
Interesting projects that are no longer available: Unbubble ran on green electricity (closed in March 2019); Benefind donated 1 cent to an organization of your choice for every second search. As an alternative, Ecosia remains - once based on Google technologies, now with a Bing engine. Ecosia uses advertising revenue to plant trees.
Search engines donate and help the environment
gexsi supports social projects with money generated from search queries: gexsi selects some of them together with partners such as the Impact Factory or the Enactus network or through competitions such as its own Impact Challenge series. Such social approaches live from the fact that you search with the services: no user community - no help. So the appeal is to have the courage to get away from Google. Alternative searches also live from income: discontinued services would not have closed if they were better off financially - you can help them to achieve liquidity by donating money, which makes more sense with niche services than with industry giants such as Bing & Co., which are worth billions of dollars behind Companies stand.
If you want to "search bravely" try Million Short: The service helps if you are tired of the same web hits over and over again. It hides the first search hits and shows websites in the lower ranks - which you would hardly discover otherwise. In this way, you can uncover search results that may be old but broaden your horizons. You can choose to remove the front 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 or 1,000,000 pages.
Create your own search engine
Create a search engine without programming knowledge and without your own server? That works with Google Coop. You do not escape the search engine market power, but you create something individual. In just a few steps you can generate a URL to a search page that crawls subpages of previously defined domains. That's more convenient than the google phrase site: computerbild.de, which in the example includes computerbild.de. In the following we describe the configuration:
»Google Coop: Create your own search engine
Create your own search engine based on Google
Have fun: "Google is your friend, ...
... but you don't seem to understand "- that's the slogan of the website Gidf.de. Some users of Internet forums send a questioner there to show them that they have solved their problem using a Google search that they carried out. Or better Said: Users were sent there via a corresponding link, Gidf references are rarely found in communities. Gidf offers an input field for search terms. If you enter something there, search hits contributed by cse.google.de will appear.
More useful, but like Gidf rarely linked in forums, is lmgtfy ("Let me google that for you"). It works like this: You type in a search phrase, whereupon the service generates a URL that you pass on to a forum user - or to annoying instant messenger chat partners. If the other person visits your linked lmgtfy page, this animatedly shows how easy it would have been to research. At the end, the page visitor lands on the hit page of a search engine by clicking on the search button - depending on whether you have chosen Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, Ask, AOL or DuckDuckGo for the link generator.