With Google being the search engine that it is, search is no longer what we do, we Google our questions, we Google the weather and also the best name for our newborn.
It is no surprise that not many people know of other search engines that also inhabit this space. There is of course Bing – the search engine that is a default in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, followed by Yahoo Search which surprisingly is still around (it was one of the earliest in the game). Others such as http://www.ask.com are also around, but not as popular any more.
we don’t collect or share any of your personal information.
Plus they do not show any ads and they do not track browsing behaviour in or out of private browsing mode. Sounds fantastic. However the downside is that whenever I want to quickly search for the movie playing at the cinema next to my house, I have to type the name of the movie, cinema, city and country in the search bar. If I do not do that, then http://www.duckduckgo.com points me to a cinema with the same name in a totally different country.
If you are okay with obtrusive ads, but are unhappy that these ads are filling the coffers of large corporations, there is http://www.ecosia.org. They are a browser that funnel 80% of their profits to supporting tree-planting initiatives worldwide. Quite a noble thought I would say. So far they have helped plant ~17.2 Million trees and they have a goal of planting a Billion trees.
So the next time you are in the mood for some “Googling”, pause for a second and think – maybe you could try one of these alternatives.