Search and ye shall find

Published May 20, 2009

A couple of days ago, I talked about Wolfram|Alpha, which is making its way in the knowledge search universe. On a different search engine note, I found yesterday that Google wouldn’t load for me, and for a good few seconds, I was completely stumped as to where else to go.

Google is so integrated into my online experience and the little box in the top right of my browser makes searching so easy. Having the Google phone means other search engines might as well not exist.

Yet they do - and thank goodness, otherwise I would have been stuck yesterday, and had to look the answer up in… a book or something.

I turned to Yahoo in my hour of need, and after Twittering about the crisis, heard from a couple of other people who have used Ask and Altavista as well.

I am curious if I am the only one who would have blinked at the URL bar in dismay when Google failed me. Should we be worried how ingrained Google is in our lives? Or do people use other search engines and have just as much success?

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