Alternative search engines; Library 2.014 presentation
Alternative search engines; why
Google simply isn't enough.
Who is this guy again?
• Chartered (i.e. professional) Librarian
• Immediate Past President of the Chartered
Institute of Library and Information
• Internet consultant since 1995
• Author, training and speaker on Internet
What’s the problem with Google?
• It’s not a search engine
• The basic Google paradox
• The reduction in search functionality
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
• 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 (+)
• Where’s the related: option gone?
• How about links to?
• Google Health
• Google Reader
• Google Labs.......
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
• That’s one new Google every 4 days
• Interface has been improved
• Fun tools:
– days between 01/01/2000 /03/31/2014
– argos coupon
– password x strong
– qr code bbc.co.uk
– expand http://bit.ly/a
– is bbc.com up?
• Differences are marginal
• Privacy is the big issue
• Lack of advanced search options
The mobile world
• In 2000, just half of UK adults said that they
had a mobile phone – that figure now stands
• In Q1 2013 49% of adults used their mobile
phones for internet access, up from 39% a
• In 2012, over 40 million subscribers accessed
the internet via their mobile phones, an
increase of nearly 9 million since 2011.
Fundamental change in use
• PC internet
• Shared or used at work
• Semi portable at best
• Web and web search
• Mobile internet
• Taken everywhere
• Web, web search, apps,
social, location, service
It’s an app world