Search Engines, Google vs. Others

Why We Shouldn't Use Google Search

Even though Google is now a multibillion-dollar global organization that employs more than 19,000 people around the world, there are some reasons as to why we should not use Google search. There was a point not that long ago when you could easily divide people between those that used Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista. Now it's got to the point where if you're not using Google, you're not really using the internet properly. To this day, over 64% of U.S. web surfers use Google as their primary search engines, but here are a few reasons to not use Google search.

  • Google is tracking your every move.
  • It records everything you enter into its search engine, and most likely have installed a cookie onto your browser that logs every page you visit and stores it for at least nine months.
  • Google is a corporation whose goal is to acquire as much of the world's money as possible.Google works for advertisers and website publishers, which provide virtually all of Google's revenues.
  • Google has deleted other people's blogs and accounts.
  • Google has so much "dirt" on us, there can come a day when they can use it against us.

Alternatives to Google

Bing is the second most popular search engine in the world. It's Microsoft's attempt to challenge Google in the area of search. Bing's video search is significantly better than Google's. It gives twice as much as many autocomplete suggestions than Google does. Bing also has a feature where if you type linkfromdomain:[site name] it will highlight the best ranked outgoing links from that site, helping you figure out which other sites your chosen site links to the most. If you use bing in the U.S., you can make use of Microsoft Rewards, which gives you voucher credits for searching the web, trying out new features, and following up on selected special offers. The credit can be cashed in at Amazon, Gamestop and so on.

DuckDuckGo doesn't retain its users' data, so it won't track you or manipulate results based on your behavior. So if you are spooked by Google's all-seeing, all-knowing eye, this might be for you. It is also not fully loaded with ads.

Yahoo search is powered by Bing, but it's still the most popular email provider and holds the third place in search.

Ask.com was formerly known as Ask Jeeves. It is good for specific question related searches, with results centering on questions and answers related matches.

Info.com aggregates results from the indexed web and social media channels. It monitors real-time social conversations and delivers newsworthy, trending, and popular results before they hit the indexed web.