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One of the oldest search engines -- with an outstanding translation function -- Babelfish.
Started out as Ask Jeeves -- first engine to use natural language searching.
New search engine from Microsoft, replacing Live Search. Offers categories: Images, Videos, Shopping, News, Maps, and Travel. Still evolving.
A search engine that prides itself on privacy and "breaking out of the filter bubble."
Allows users to personalize the interface. Thumbnail images of results.
Identifies itself as the "search with attitude" that is eco-friendly. Freshness dating is one of their major attributes.
Certainly the best known, with dozens of added features like image searching, maps and shopping. Extensive advanced search capabilities allow fine-tuning for better results.
Another large search engine with e-mail & news portal.
Providing the "best use" of relevant search results.
Fiercely competitive with Google -- but includes a popular e-mail functionality. Front page is designed to short-circuit many common searches with instant access.
Why use a single search engine when you can use a Meta? All web search engines are based on algorithms --complex series of lexical orders -- when they are combined, they may actually compete/delete results from some searches. Combining results from two or more engines assures the researcher of a more complete list of informative websites.
Offers the ability to customize the list of engines searched.
The portal is unique, including mail and news features, but the search results are similar to Info.com.
Includes results from 14 different search engines, including Google and Ask.com
Results are culled from the Top Ten results in other engines. Easy access to foreign language interfaces & results.
One of the oldest metasearch engines, includes both general and subject specialized search engines.
From CNet, can be tech heavy in responses. Includes a "narrow your search" feature.
Results are clustered into clouds, making it easy to focus your search.
Includes clustered results by topic, suggestions for related searches.