Search Engines

Just because there's one dominant search engine that overwhelms the market, that doesn't mean there are no other ways to search the web. In the first two decades of the 21st century, web users have gotten used to one search engine doing things one way. But new generations of users are starting to question how much longer the entire Internet can get filtered through the corporate interests of just a few sites. Web visitors are starting to look for something new.

Here are our picks for new search engines exploring the horizon and pushing the boundaries of what can be done with a search query. Give them a try, and you're guaranteed to stumble upon new insights there are what the web has to offer.



Yandex

Yandex has long been the hidden treasure on the Internet as far as the English-speaking world is concerned. Founded in 1997, Yandex has also grown up and developed alongside the World Wide Web. They have a host of other features and services like one would expect of a seasoned web portal. Their results tend to have a more international focus, and definitely don't wrap the user in a selective content bubble.


BoardReader

As opposed to general-purpose searches, BoardReader indexes only discussion platforms: blogs, forums, bulletin boards, message boards, and communities. This screens out corporate data to leave only the "man on the street" point of view. It's useful for taking the pulse of the web audience, finding out the public opinion on topics, and getting candid answers to niche questions that are too trivial for are sites to address.


Gigablast

Gigablast is a free and open-source search engine, coded in the C programming language. This offers a decentralized experience, a crowd-sourced utility that expresses what the public thinks a search should be. Since it has no specific owner, it will never fall under for-profit influence. Gigablast even provides indexes to other niche search engines out there.


Hot.com

Hot.com is an example of a specific interest search engine taken to a logical conclusion. It finds only adult websites while protecting the users' data and providing the screen of privacy. After all, adult topic queries are the kinds of things we'd all like to keep personal. While Hot.com does address a common and popular use of the web, it's also an example of the kind of narrow-topic focus which could be the future of search as we know it.


HotBot

HotBot is a search engine developed by privacy and security advocates. It strives to work against the common complaints of today's web user, from mining data to filter bubbling to malware in results. Billing itself as a safety-first alternative, HotBot is designed to give a protected environment in general-purpose web search queries.


DuckDuckGo

Perhaps the most outspoken advocates for web user privacy ever, DuckDuckGo has a vocal cult following as the top data-safe search engine on the web. Vowing never to mine user data for profit, DuckDuckGo aggregates search queries from other search engines and serves up the results anonymously, stripped of all intrusive ad targeting and other personal data usage.