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Alternative search engines; why
Google simply isn't enough.
Phil Bradley
Library 2.014
Who is this guy again?
• Chartered (i.e. professional) Librarian
• Immediate Past President of the Chartered
Institute of ...
What’s the problem with Google?
• It’s not a search engine
• The basic Google paradox
• The reduction in search functional...
Reductions in search
• The right to be forgotten is already broken
• Famous names V the average Joe
• Inconsistent use of ...
984,000,000
OR
1,540,000,000 ?
Image rights filtering is broken
What else?
• Google blog search
• Discussions & Patents in ‘More’
• Workarounds are disappearing as well
• Withdrawal of f...
What about?
• Where’s the related: option gone?
• How about links to?
• iGoogle
• Google Health
• Google Reader
• Aardvark...
Gaming Google
The big data problem
• 90% of the data in the world today has been
created in the last two years alone
• Every day we crea...
Google alternatives
Bing
• Integration with other social media platforms,
such as Twitter
• Snapshot (similar to Knowledge Graph)
• Roll-over ...
Blekko
Blekko
• No real updates since mid 2013 on the blog
• Tablet based version of the engine ‘Izik’
DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo
• Interface has been improved
• Fun tools:
– days between 01/01/2000 /03/31/2014
– argos coupon
– @philbradley
...
Key points
• Differences are marginal
• Privacy is the big issue
• Lack of advanced search options
Then there’s Facebook
Privacy solutions?
Private searching
• Disconnect Private Search
• TOR
• Lightbeam
The deep, dark web
http://bgr.com/2014/01/20/how-to-access-tor-silk-road-deep-web/
Social Media search engines
Image search engines
News search engines
Newsmap http://www.newsmap.jp/
TenbyTen
Newseum
Search by similar
People search
This space left intentionally blank
Some specialist engines
The mobile world
• In 2000, just half of UK adults said that they
had a mobile phone – that figure now stands
at 94%.
• In...
Fundamental change in use
• PC internet
• Shared or used at work
• Semi portable at best
• Web and web search
• Mobile int...
It’s an app world
http://apps4librarians.com/img/apps.png
Siri
http://osxdaily.com/2013/02/05/list-siri-commands/
New search engines
https://wbsrch.com/ http://seenive.com/
http://junoba.com/
http://www.slideee.com/
http://www.allacrony...
But what’s the *real* future
of search?
Thank you for your time
• Web: http://www.philb.com
• Blog: http://www.philbradley.typepad.com/
• Twitter: http://www.twit...
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This is the bare bones presentation that I gave at the Library 2.014 conference on October 8th 2014. If you're looking for different search engines to try out, you may find some good ideas here.

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Alternative search engines; Library 2.014 presentation

  1. 1. Alternative search engines; why Google simply isn't enough. Phil Bradley Library 2.014
  2. 2. Who is this guy again? • Chartered (i.e. professional) Librarian • Immediate Past President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) • Internet consultant since 1995 • Author, training and speaker on Internet related subjects
  3. 3. What’s the problem with Google? • It’s not a search engine • The basic Google paradox • The reduction in search functionality
  4. 4. Reductions in search • The right to be forgotten is already broken • Famous names V the average Joe • Inconsistent use of # search option • Indepth articles function is broken
  5. 5. 984,000,000 OR 1,540,000,000 ?
  6. 6. Image rights filtering is broken
  7. 7. What else? • Google blog search • Discussions & Patents in ‘More’ • Workarounds are disappearing as well • Withdrawal of foreign page translation; Chrome is needed to automatically translate • Where’s the Advanced Search options? • What about the ~ search function? • Direct connect (+) • Authorship
  8. 8. What about? • Where’s the related: option gone? • How about links to? • iGoogle • Google Health • Google Reader • Aardvark • Notebook • Google Labs.......
  9. 9. Gaming Google
  10. 10. The big data problem • 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone • Every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data • That’s one new Google every 4 days http://peter.a16z.com/2014/08/07/big-data-meets-big-compute/
  11. 11. Google alternatives
  12. 12. Bing • Integration with other social media platforms, such as Twitter • Snapshot (similar to Knowledge Graph) • Roll-over for immediate video play
  13. 13. Blekko
  14. 14. Blekko • No real updates since mid 2013 on the blog • Tablet based version of the engine ‘Izik’
  15. 15. DuckDuckGo
  16. 16. DuckDuckGo • Interface has been improved • Fun tools: – days between 01/01/2000 /03/31/2014 – argos coupon – @philbradley – password x strong – qr code bbc.co.uk – expand http://bit.ly/a – is bbc.com up?
  17. 17. Key points • Differences are marginal • Privacy is the big issue • Lack of advanced search options
  18. 18. Then there’s Facebook
  19. 19. Privacy solutions?
  20. 20. Private searching • Disconnect Private Search • TOR • Lightbeam
  21. 21. The deep, dark web http://bgr.com/2014/01/20/how-to-access-tor-silk-road-deep-web/
  22. 22. Social Media search engines
  23. 23. Image search engines
  24. 24. News search engines
  25. 25. Newsmap http://www.newsmap.jp/
  26. 26. TenbyTen
  27. 27. Newseum
  28. 28. Search by similar
  29. 29. People search This space left intentionally blank
  30. 30. Some specialist engines
  31. 31. The mobile world • In 2000, just half of UK adults said that they had a mobile phone – that figure now stands at 94%. • In Q1 2013 49% of adults used their mobile phones for internet access, up from 39% a year previously. • In 2012, over 40 million subscribers accessed the internet via their mobile phones, an increase of nearly 9 million since 2011. http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/stats-and-facts/
  32. 32. Fundamental change in use • PC internet • Shared or used at work • Semi portable at best • Web and web search • Mobile internet • Personal • Taken everywhere • Web, web search, apps, social, location, service integration, image recognition, augmented reality...
  33. 33. It’s an app world http://apps4librarians.com/img/apps.png
  34. 34. Siri http://osxdaily.com/2013/02/05/list-siri-commands/
  35. 35. New search engines https://wbsrch.com/ http://seenive.com/ http://junoba.com/ http://www.slideee.com/ http://www.allacronyms.com/ http://leap.it/ http://www.similarsitecheck.com/ http://www.binpad.com/
  36. 36. But what’s the *real* future of search?
  37. 37. Thank you for your time • Web: http://www.philb.com • Blog: http://www.philbradley.typepad.com/ • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/philbradley • Email: philipbradley@gmail.com • Pearltrees: http://www.pearltrees.com/philbradley • Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PhilBradleyUK/ • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philipbradley

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