Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Are there any real alternatives to Google?

In light of the growing backlash against Google, why don't we just switch to another search engine? Well, you have to find a viable one first of all …

A Google search for, say, the Titanic brings up millions more hits than any other rival search engine. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features

Google, the search engine most of us treat as an extra wing of our brains, is experiencing the whip-crack of a long-building backlash. Both US and European authorities are investigating allegations that it manipulates search results to favour its own services. The company is also at odds with parliament over its refusal to remove links that are in breach of privacy. And recent changes to its privacy settings have raised serious concerns about data protection. But where else can you go? There are other search engines out there, but when was the last time you used one?


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