It seems that every time a new search engine pops up, questions arise from all corners of the Internet as to whether this one will be the “Google Killer”.
Microsoft jumped out ahead of that with the announcement of their new “intelligent” search called Bing is not expected to rival Google. Code-named Kumo, Bing has been opened for beta testing by industry experts for some time now and their reviews have been varied. Most see it as an alternative to Google or Yahoo – depending on what you are searching for. For example, most of the reviews I have read Bing high marks for shopping related searches, especially travel related queries where the results are displayed by price and ratings. SearchEngineLand.com has one of the better and comprehensive reviews on Bing.
Earlier this year, Stephen Wolfram, a 49-year-old particle physics prodigy, launched the Wolfram|Alpha search engine. This one is very different from any other search engine as it is more of and engine for answers. Type in ’88 miles per hour’ and you get unit conversions followed by comparisons =speed at which Marty McFly needed to drive the Delorean DMC-12 in order to time travel (88mph) along with other information quelled from the Wolfram Mathematica computer – all of which can be downloaded in a handy PDF format.
Late last year, a few former Google geniuses created Cuil (pronounced ‘cool’). Boasting to be the world’s largest search engine database, Cuil presents results based on actual page content and presents it in more of a magazine-like format instead of a running list of Web links. Additionally, it adds suggested categories on the right sidebar (similar to Bing), but the text font and size may be a challenge for those with poor eyesight to discern. A neat feature is the Timeline that appears for more specific search keywords like ‘Ronald Reagan’ or ‘Value Added Tax’. What’s missing is image and news categories which are commonplace on most search engines. Neither Bing, Cuil or Wolfram appear to stand a chance against Google’s market dominance. Ask.com has been trying for years and has yet to break 5%. Wolfram looks promising as does Bling, however Cuil is more questionable. I doubt I would move to any of them soon as my primary search (Google), but as Bing is slated to replace Live Search, I will use it often.