In simple term, a search engine is a software that searches the internet for information. Google without any doubt has advanced more than any other search engine. It is an innovative and competitive search engine. Thus ranking as the NO. 1 search engine. But Google is one of many search engines out there. And quite frankly stating some are in some aspects better than Google. There are some issues that it has not yet solved for example it.
Is not good at searching long sentences
Ranks website not on accuracy rather on popularity
Advertise a lot
Searches are based on keyword, shows links that are not related
MSN search changed to Bing in 2009 and now is the world second largest search engine. It is operated by Microsoft. It occupy’s almost 30% of world searches. All the searches utilize data semantic technology. Its search results are very accurate and it provides great add-on. Image search is way better than Google image search. But some of its features are underdeveloped such as bing blogs, technical searches etc. It's halfway there to compete with Google, let’s see where this engine will land in the future.
Early in 1994 Yahoo!! Emerged with as a promising search engine. Owned by Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo! was never meant to be a search engine. It was made to have a track of their own interest on the web. Later it was transformed into a web directory and had over thousands of users. It was named and renamed before settling to term Yahoo! which is an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle. Yahoo! has a very rich library and has a great option of connecting to Gmail without leaving Yahoo!. It offers great opportunities for advertisement. Its liabilities make it vulnerable to hacking which is being improved. Also, it does not have user created videos. It no doubt is a great alternative if it fixes the issues that have made its ranking low.
WolframAlpha was launched almost in mid of may 2009. Its is new but has a lot more potential at solving technical and scientific problems. Built on advanced algorithms and with a huge built-in library, it provides instant and accurate search results. It has the interface of any other web browser, but provide an answer to a specific query. It does not list the name of thousands of website for you to explore, rather provides the answer. Saves times, recognizes simple English text in all forms and all kind of mathematical equations. In this era, it is the most powerful mathematical problem solver. This is a great alternative for Google based on its outstanding dynamic data computation, linguistics analysis, visual output.
Ask.com formerly known as Ask Jeeves is a web search engine launched in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen. The software behind this was the belonging of Gary Chevsky.It was named Ask.com in 2005. The search engine was then based on this software. It is often used by many people around the globe for its search results. It is also often criticized but gives out search results as good as most of the search engines.
The Firefox project was initiated as an experiment by Dave Hyatt, Joe Hewitt, and Blake Ross. It was named and renamed several times. Finally, it was launched on November 9, 2004. It is an open source web browser developed by Mozilla. It is the third most used search engine. Being as fast as Google, it also has many other great features such as great security, it is updated often and searches are more refined. With such outstanding qualities, it is marked as one of Googles competitor.
Which search engines can you think of when trying an alternative to Google?