As concerns over the de facto monopoly status of Google continue to grow, I’m reminded of the great philosopher Herman Cain and his infamous line “blame yourself”. As long as “Google” is a generic phrase for Internet search, their dominant position is assured. That said, you can do something about it. There are plenty of Google alternatives and many of these players offer a better search experience, depending on your needs. Here are 12 alternatives to escape your reliance on Google for all things search. Step 1: Bing If you’re a digital marketer using advanced search operators, then use Bing for these queries. LinkFromDomain: There are any number of tools that can give you inbound link data. There’s only one place to go for outbound link information – Bing. Feed: Finds RSS or Atom feeds pertaining to the term you specify. Contains: Returns search results that have links to the file types that you specify. Near: Useful for spotting … [Read more...] about Escape Google With These 12 Search Engine Alternatives
When you think of artificial intelligence, images of futuristic robots or memories of bad sci-fi films might come to mind. However, the reality of AI is actually a lot more tame: a friendly search engine, for instance. But while we type our queries into Google and usually get fairly useful results, the same has not always been true for the information gleaned by scientific researchers. Although existing resources like Google Scholar and PubMed provide scientists with resources much faster than the methods of old, they don’t always cover the nitty-gritty details that are needed. Now, a new, free search engine called Semantic Scholar is using AI technology to help these scientists find relevant information much more quickly. Semantic Scholar has been labeled a game-changer for these professionals, who previously had no way of effectively combing through mountains of dense research. While Google Scholar has a huge database – it has indexed more than 200 million articles to … [Read more...] about Semantic Scholar, A New AI Search Engine, Is Changing the Way Neuroscientists Do Their Research
Well it’s been a big week for search, I think we can all agree. If you’re a regular Google user (65% of you globally) then you’ll have noticed some changes, both good and bad. I won’t debate the merits of these improvements, we’ve done that already here: Google kills Right Hand Side Ads and here: Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages, but there’s a definite feeling of vexation that appears to be coming to a head. Deep breath… As the paid search space increases in ‘top-heaviness’, as organic results get pushed further off the first SERP, as the Knowledge Graph scrapes more and more publisher content and continues to make it pointless to click through to a website, and as our longstanding feelings of unfairness over Google’s monopoly and tax balance become more acute, now more than ever we feel there should be another, viable search engine alternative. There was a point not that long ago … [Read more...] about Say goodbye to Google: 14 alternative search engines
The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, the $45 billion philanthropic organisation founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, has made its first acquisition – of a search engine. The Initiative announced on Monday that it would be acquiring Meta, a scientific search engine that uses artificial intelligence to make connections between research papers. The search start-up, which was founded in 2010, previously charged some users for subscriptions or custom solutions, but the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative intends to make it free to all after spending a few months enhancing the product. The Meta search engine is designed to make it easier for researchers to search through, read and link together more than 26 million scientific papers. It also provides free, full-text access to some 18,000 journals and sources of literature. Meta’s artificial intelligence capabilities allow it to draw connections between papers, recognising where authors and citations overlap in order to … [Read more...] about Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative acquires AI-powered search engine Meta
I shouldn’t — but I couldn’t resist doing a quick poke at Facebook’spronouncementthat it is the "most used people search engine on the web." Really? Accordingto? Facebook gives some stats that perhaps back up this claim, but only if youconsider Facebook a people search engine. I don’t. Not yet. It’s hard for me to consider something a people searchengine when, untillast September, it didn’t allow most people to actually register with it. Ofcourse, I don’t need comScore’slatest statsto tell me Facebook is taking off since then. The drip-drip-drip of peopleasking to be my friend since I joined up a few weeks ago lets me know it isgaining ground. It is a drip-drip, however, not a firehose blast. I’d wager most people Iactually know personally are not on it. Curious, I just searched for threecollege friends. None of them are there. I’m not surprised, since I was incollege so long ago we didn’t have email addresses … [Read more...] about Facebook One Of The Top Search Engines? I Dunno About That!