So what is a “Search Engine”?

Google is clearly the “Search Engine” that nearly everyone uses and very much defines what it is to be a “Search Engine.” Yahoo and Bing also define the category, but neither of them is a “verb” like Google is. You don’t Yahoo something, you Google it. But is Google the only way that you find things? Definitely not. We may start on Google, but we eventually move off to the sites that Google suggests and continue our search there. About half the time, we use menus and browse lists, but the rest of the time, we type in yet another search. While Google is often a direct link to what you want, it’s also, very often a place to find more “Search Engines”. It’s very general.

For specific categories of things we end up browsing and searching on sites other than Google.





What sites do you use?