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Best Search Engines

When it comes to search, choices are few, especially if you're in the US. Google, Bing, and Yahoo are pretty much it, but which one do you prefer?

Best Search Engines

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Google

Google

Google needs no introduction. They seem to be taking over the internet, controlling a whopping 65% of US search market. Google is well-known for its innovative business practices. Lately they've been busy moving into markets beyond search, like mobile and cloud services. Their biggest rivals are Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook. Google is the #1 most-visited site in the world.

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Bing

Bing

Microsoft's Bing holds a 10% share of the US search market and is the only true threat to Google's dominance, at least in the US. Since long ago, Microsoft ran the MSN Live search engine, but it wasn't very popular. Recently Microsoft recommitted themselves to search with Bing, which now powers Yahoo and Ask. Bing is the 26th most popular site on the net.

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Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha

The computational search engine focused on serving up quantifiable scientific information. If you're looking for anything factual or statistical, ask Wolfram. It will query its enormous database and serve up the appropriate answers directly, without referring to external sites. Wolfram was voted the greatest computer innovation of 2009 by Popular Science.

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Yahoo

Yahoo

Good old Yahoo, they took off in the dot com boom and are now powered by Bing. Yahoo's business is mostly in administrating large portals like Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Answers, Yahoo Buzz, and Flickr. Combined, Yahoo's web properties generate more traffic than anyone else, with Yahoo's homepage the 4th most visited site on the net.

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Yandex

Yandex

Yandex is Russia's answer to Google. Yandex is the the most popular homepage for Russian, with a share of 65% of the Russian search market. Yandex was founded in 1997, with the name "Yandex" standing for "Language Index" in Russian. It's also the 24th most visited site on the net.

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DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo

Duck Duck Go is a search engine based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania that uses information from crowd-sourced sites (like Wikipedia) with the aim of augmenting traditional results and improving relevance. The search engine philosophy emphasizes privacy and does not record user information.

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Baidu

Baidu

Google may be #1 in the US, but Baidu is #1 is China. In fact, given the size of China's growing internet base, Baidu now handles more search queries than Google. With the Chinese economy on the rise and Google's pull-out from mainland China on account of censorship concerns, Baidu may be primed to take over global search. Baidu is the 6th most visited site on the net.

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TWURDY

Everyone has different reading abilities. Some people searching the web are university professors and others are 5 year old children. Twurdy has been created to provide people with access to search results that suit their own readability level.
Twurdy's goal is to provide web searchers with information that is most appropriate for them. This will mean that 10 year olds doing school assignments don't have to click through difficult material to find something they can use. It will also mean that phd students do not have to click through websites designed for kids in order to find what they are looking for.

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Ask

Ask

Ask.com, originally call Ask Jeeves, was promising dot-com era start-up. Today their US search market share is only 3%. Just recently Ask announced that it was shuttering its in-house search team, focusing all efforts on its Q&A features and employing Bing to power its search.

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AOL

AOL

Yep, AOL is still around, with about 1.5% US search market share. To be fair, though, AOL has always focused on being a portal first, not a true search engine. In fact, their search results and ads are powered by Google. AOL is the 47th most visited site on the net.

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