5 search engines that find what Google can’t
There’s not much on the internet you can’t find by doing a basic Google search, but if you’re looking for specific content such as torrents, math formulas, or a good restaurant in your area, you’ll often get more relevant results through other search engines. Try one of these five alternatives the next time Google isn’t cutting it.
Twitter Search – When you want real-time updates on what people are saying right now about an event or news story, or you want to hear people’s thoughts and opinions on a certain topic, the ever-popular Twitter may be your best bet. Since posts can only be 140 characters, people can write up and send a tweet in less than a minute, as opposed to the hours or days it can take for a complete article to show up in a Google search. You can perform a Twitter search whether or not you have a Twitter account.
Filestube - One problem with file-sharing sites like Mediafire and Megaupload is that they usually don’t offer any search function. Filestube indexes the results from most major file-sharing sites and lets you search all of them at once, or only choose the sites you want to see results from. You can even filter search results by file extensions (AVI, mp3, RAR, ZIP, etc.).
SimilarSites – Find other websites related to the ones you already visit with SimilarSites. Enter a website and you’ll get a list of related sites ordered by “similarity rankings.” It’s not clear how these rankings are calculated, but you can give each result a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” which the developers say factors into the algorithm. SimilarSites is also available as a browser extension for Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.
Pricegrabber - Pricegrabber is an online shopping search engine that lets you find the cheapest price on a product (you can include tax and shipping) by listing the prices that different merchants are charging. All product categories are included, from electronics to clothing to furniture. You can read reviews, do a side-by-side comparison of product specs, and see what sales and deals are available for a store or product.
Indeed – If you’re looking for a job or internship, meta search engine Indeed is an excellent resource that aggregates listings from thousands of company career sites and job boards like Monster, HotJobs, SimplyHired, etc. There are lots of advanced search options, including location, salary, job title, skills wanted, etc. To make sure you don’t miss out any postings that you’re interested in, you can save a search and get email alerts when new jobs that match your search criteria are available.
Hopefully these resources will make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for on the web. Have any more recommendations? Share them in the comments!