Alternatives to Google


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Presentation given at the Internet Sourcing Workshop, 17th September 2013, Prospero House, Borough High Street, London. Part of the Discover Sourcing conference organised by UK Sourcers.

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Alternatives to Google

  1. 1. 16/09/2013 1 Alternatives to Google Internet Sourcing Workshop 17th September 2013, London #discsource This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License twitter: @karenblakeman
  2. 2. Search Engine Market Share 16/09/2013 2
  3. 3. Gary's Social Media Count | PERSONALIZE MEDIA 16/09/2013 3
  4. 4. Bing/Yahoo Yahoo now uses Bing‟s database, commands and ranking algorithms No advanced search screen - use commands. List at Advanced Operator Reference us/library/ff795620.aspx filetype: site: inbody: inurl: AND, NOT, OR parentheses for complex Boolean searches NEAR:n where n is a number, specifies that the terms must be within that number of words of each other and in any order - director NEAR:3 marketing 16/09/2013 4
  5. 5. Limit by date Bing – US version only Yahoo 16/09/2013 5
  6. 6. Bing Results seem to be more consumer/retail focused – more „shopping‟ than research – results improve as soon as you start using the advanced search commands Sometimes more up to date than Google – updates sites more frequently – adds new sites more quickly – useful if you are looking for information on a new company or organisation Many features and options available to US users only – changing your location does not always work – using anonymous proxy does not always work 16/09/2013 6
  7. 7. Bing gets personal – US version only 16/09/2013 7
  8. 8. DuckDuckGo – Does not track, does not personalise Results are a compilation of about 50 sources including Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, Bing, Blekko and its own Web crawler DuckDuckBot Advanced search commands include: site: inbody: intitle: filetype: sort:date to sort by date (uses results from Blekko) region:cc (e.g. de) to boost a country DuckDuckGo Syntax DuckDuckGo – silly name but a neat little search tool a-neat-little-search-tool/ 16/09/2013 8
  9. 9. DuckDuckGo Great if you are fed up with Google “spamming” your results list with pages from just two or three sites Great if you want a good range of different types of sites in your results Web is the default but click on the downward pointing arrow next to the search box on the results page to see other options (some of them Google) 16/09/2013 9
  10. 10. DuckDuckGo 16/09/2013 10
  11. 11. Millionshort Million Short: unearthing information hidden in the dungeons of Google‟s results – unearthing-stuff-hidden-in-the-dungeons-of-googles-results/ Uses Bing API plus other sources Great for finding specialist articles that Google buries beyond reach Removes top 10k sites from results - can change to top million, 100k, 1k, 100 Can add sites back in, can block sites Can “Boost!” sites so that they always appear at the top Can use site: and filetype: commands Country versions give different results (under Manage Settings and Country) 16/09/2013 11
  12. 12. Million Short 16/09/2013 12
  13. 13. Yandex For filetype use mime: zeolites environmental remediation mime:pptx site: command supported zeolites environmental remediation Has an advanced search screen at 16/09/2013 13 Blekko, Ask, Teoma Support both filetype: and site:
  14. 14. Yandex International version of the Russian search engine 16/09/2013 14
  15. 15. Blekko 16/09/2013 15
  16. 16. Ask 16/09/2013 16
  17. 17. Teoma 16/09/2013 17
  18. 18. Exalead 16/09/2013 18
  19. 19. Microsoft Academic Search Journal articles, pre-prints, post-prints, conference proceedings, reports and white papers Free to use but the full text of some papers can only be viewed on payment of a fee to the original journal publisher Author may have several different profiles and articles may be assigned to wrong author Sometimes very slow to load Uses Silverlight for the charts 16/09/2013 19
  20. 20. Microsoft Academic Search 16/09/2013 20
  21. 21. Microsoft Academic Search 16/09/2013 21
  22. 22. Blogs Many academics, researchers, industry experts have active blogs Great way to identify experts especially within new and innovative technologies and industries Almost instant publication of posts Search using or click on More in the menu above your results in Google and then Blogs 16/09/2013 22
  23. 23. Slideshare Search using Slideshare‟s own search engine or use Google site: 16/09/2013 23
  24. 24. Twitter search Great for following events (follow the hashtag), identifying speakers, industry experts, finding out more about a person‟s interests Use followers, following and lists to find people with similar interests and expertise Twitter search, advanced Instructions and advanced commands at 16/09/2013 24
  25. 25. Twitter search commands Oxford University for both Oxford and University (default) “Oxford University” for the exact phrase “Oxford University” beer OR ale finds tweets containing either beer or ale, or both (note that OR must be in capital letters) beer –skittles contains beer but not skittles #ili2009 contains the hashtag #ili2009 #ili2009 filter:links contains the hashtag #ili2009 and URLs. An excellent way of finding links to conference presentations and related material. 16/09/2013 25
  26. 26. Twitter search commands from:karenblakeman Tweets sent by karenblakeman to:karenblakeman Tweets sent to karenblakeman @karenblakeman Tweets referring to karenblakeman #ili2009 since:2009-10-01 contains #ili2009 and sent since 1st October 2009. The format is YYYY-MM-DD #ili2009 until:2009-10-31 Contains #ili2009 and sent up to 31 st October 2009. The format is YYYY-MM-DD snow :( contains snow and a negative sentiment snow :) contains snow and a positive sentiment 16/09/2013 26
  27. 27. Twitter search Topsy recently revamped – access to all of Twitter, priced access to full analytic features Twazzup good for analysing activity around a conference hashtag Tagboard - Find People to Follow on Twitter Followerwonk: Twitter analytics, follower segmentation, social graph tracking, & more 16/09/2013 27
  28. 28. Facebook Graph Search Change your language to English US under account settings [has not worked for me] Facebook Graph Search Demo Facebook Opengraph Search 16/09/2013 28
  29. 29. LinkedIn Company Check - includes free UK company director search Pipl - People Search 16/09/2013 29
  30. 30. Keeping up to date Inside Search Official Google Blog Google Scholar Blog SearchReSearch : Search Engine Land Search Engine Watch Boolean Black Belt-Sourcing/Recruiting Karen Blakeman‟s Blog Phil Bradley's weblog 16/09/2013 30
  31. 31. Free fact sheets Search Strategies - Search Tools Summary and Comparison of Commands (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo) – Search Strategies - Top Search Tips – Searching Twitter – 16/09/2013 31