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Life Without Google

We’ve seen these articles before and it just gives the “Big G” more credence than it deserves (and I’m probably adding more fodder by blogging about it – oh well), but what would you do if it was blocked at work? How about try other engines? James Thomas didn’t have much luck.

I’m still seeing much better results with Yahoo during the course of my research (James only addresses privacy issues) and I will agree with James that is pretty much atrocious in search (their “Smart Answers” are useful though).

Thomas also points to Rootly, which didn’t do anything for me on a few initial searches. (via)

4 Responses to “Life Without Google”

  1. geeklibrarian
    May 8, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    You might want to add The Read/Write Web blog to you blogroll, they regularly talk about all the other search engines out there, e.g. and

  2. jennimi
    May 8, 2007 at 10:46 am #

    I actually like Ask, not for hard research, but more for “browsing” things. I look forward to seeing how Edison changes it up. Yahoo! yes. I guess depending on the type of research I still dig the subscription bibliographic db’s.

  3. Phil Bradley
    May 9, 2007 at 7:31 am #

    Interesting thoughts… I’ve just started running a course called ‘Better searching without Google’. It looks at some of the reasons why you shouldn’t (just) use Google, and provides alternative engines that do as good a job, if not better. You can take a look at and if you want a list of alternative search engines then there’s my list at

    I may be whistling in the wind but I am beginning to sense a change, certainly in the information profession that Big G is not the be all and end all of our searching world. Let’s hope it continues!


  1. heidi go seek - May 9, 2007

    Life Without Google?…

    I just don’t think that’s possible for me.  Heck, I just bought a backpack that has the ‘Google’ logo stitched on the back, needless to say I’m a huge fan.Here is an interesting perspective though.  From CenterNetworks, My life without…..

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