More great search engines you should check out

Who are AltaVista, Ask Jeeves and Excite again?

Following on from our piece on new search engine Teoma - which we said may make a good rival to Google - we have been emailed a range of other search engines we should check out.

We did of course, and three in particular impressed us. These are them:

Vivisimo.com

www.vivisimo.com

This is really good. Search results are listed conventional fashion but also split into topics and sub-topics on the left-hand side. We tried out a wide range of searches and were amazed each time at its accuracy to clump abstract areas of the subject together.

One problem though is that it is too good at finding material so the annoying situation where you know the information is on the site somewhere but god knows where, crops up more frequently than other engines.

Wisenut

www.wisenut.com

The only reason we chose this is because it throws up some peculiar (but worthwhile) sites. It is somewhat limited and we wouldn't recommend it as a first-stop search engine but if you're working around a subject, Wisenut will almost certainly throw up something you hadn't discovered before.

Ilor

www.ilor.com

This sells itself as "Powered by google but a whole lot more". By a whole lot more think upgrade to a Windows operating system. More features that do useful stuff but do you really need them? Well, like a new Windows OS, once you get used to them you wonder how you survived without the new features before. Not that you use them very often but the fact that they're there becomes oddly comforting.

It describes itself as a "research engine". Main pluses: no need for back button pressing, selection of results that interest you.

All three above have obviously been inspired by Google's huge leap in search engine technology and have done very interesting things with it. Are we swayed? No. But we will use them frequently, see if we like them.

And no, we don't want hundreds more suggestions for other search engines. ®

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