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In the end I’m still a Google fanatic but I will use some of these from time to time as well now. I’m not going to go into any depth on these other than a short blurb. You can check them for yourselves and decide on their usefulness to you. Of all I’ve seen posted about new search engines, or unique search engines, this list is going to be one of the best -no doubt!
1. Searchme- http://searchme.com
Wow! This one is gorgeous…not a fan of what it was returning though with search input though.
2. Viewzi- http://viewzi.com
Again, Wow! This is also gorgeous and skinnable in a weird way. Some of the templates remind of the, now defunct, PageBull search engine which was also amazing! Search input results a little better than Searchme.
3. Cuil- http://www.cuil.com/
Everyone talks about it, pronounced “cool”. It looks nice, but I find its results not what I’m looking for. It does have a great interface though…
4. Tripleme- http://tripleme.com
In my opinion, ugly green and blue, but it is a pretty and very useful 3 column layout showing MSN, Google, and Yahoo results side by side.
5. Mnemomap- http://www.mnemo.org/
Interesting mindmap result type of search engine. Very accurate if you are looking for non-phrase related searches.
6. Lexxe- http://lexxe.com
Very good cluster based search engine. Pretty accurate at returning useful answers to questions and input.
7. Powerset – http://powerset.com
An excellent search engine for searching Wikipedia data. Try it you will never search Wikipedia without it again.
8. Exalead – http://www.exalead.com/search
Another very good “result” based search engine that reminds me of the new Google Chrome’s abilities to have a number of recently viewed or bookmarked graphic sites at the front end.
9. Searchcube – http://www.symmetri.com/searchcube
This is a very visual and fun way to look at searches via a rotatable cube! Search results are not bad based on input.
10. inSuggest – http://insuggest.com
Not a search engine, per say… but a very pretty, and useful way to find related sites, images, or bookmarks of interest. It is very accurate at coming up with related sites. Type in mustech.net and see.
11. Searchmash – http://searchmash.com
This one was fantastic at returning search results based on input and then I found out why… it’s a secret beta experiment for the Google folks! It’s a secret, yet public, search engine that is fast and allows for clusters and category searches. It looks basic up front, but type something in and then look!
Hope you have fun with these!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.