Search Alternatives

Approach % Traits Usage
Google 12% Fast and often very high quality results. Displays items that designers of web pages like. Best for things that can be "named" (such as most diseases) First choice, esp. for stable pages
EBIG < 1 % Good for finding information about a  topic, such as wine selection. Popular general topics.
Alta Vista or Northern Light 16% Good for finding pages that have key words in them. Searching by a keyword.
AllTheWeb 90%+ New, claims to have everything. When all else fails.

%: estimated %ge of theIndexable (unrestricted access) accessible web covered by the service. The total web is much larger than this.

John Faughnan & Bob Elson Last Revised: 01 Feb 2002. Glossary