Feeds

Blog calls for Google boycott

More than 50 people obey

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Yesterday, Michael VandeMar tried to go eighteen hours without visiting the big five search engines. Taking up a challenge from search engine guru Charles Knight, he’d resolved to avoid Google, Yahoo!, MSN, Ask.com, and AOL from 6am to midnight. By 9:53, he’d given up. “Bah!” he wrote to Knight’s Alt Search Engines blog. “I blew it.”

“I immediately thought of the Seinfeld master-of-your-domain thing,” Knight told The Register.

From his two-week-old blog, Knight dubbed Tuesday, June 12 “A Day Without Google,” urging users across the web to boycott Google search and its four largest competitors. He provided a list of 100 alternatives – yes, 100 - but for some users, the task proved difficult. Reader David Berkowitz didn’t even try it.

"I might as well take it as a vacation day," he said. "The top 5 are the top 5 for a reason."

Most web users are pre-programmed to use nothing but the big five. Or at least the big four. Mr. Knight was kind to include AOL. According to the latest figures from Hitwise.com, Google accounts for 65 percent of Web searches, Yahoo! 21 percent, MSN 8.4, Ask.com 3.92, and AOL 0.35. That leaves less than 2 percent for Knight’s list of 100 others.

But in the end, several users proved that a day without the familiar names is entirely possible. Reader "Catherine" made it through the day using nothing but Quintura, a new "visual” search engine.

"It gave me useful results up front. [The first result] was often exactly what I was after," she wrote. "Beforehand, I would have sworn that Google was ‘the only one,’ but I’m glad to report I have to eat my words."

Judging from comments posted to Knight’s site, more than 50 people participated in his search engine boycott, and of those who successfully avoided the big names, most used either Quintura or KartOO.

Of course, accuracy of search results isn’t the only issue here. "What will happen with my AdSense ads?" Mickey Maze wrote on Tuesday. "I will not get a dime this day."®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.