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What is your favorite seach engine?

 
 
Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 03:51 pm
Google has become one big catalog. I swear, you type in Socrates and it pops up with great deals on socks at Amazon.com. Is there still a search engine out there that searches for your ANSWERS?
 
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 03:53 pm
@ibstubro,
ibstubro wrote:

Google has become one big catalog. I swear, you type in Socrates and it pops up with great deals on socks at Amazon.com. Is there still a search engine out there that searches for your ANSWERS?


Seriously? When I google 'Socrates,'

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Socrates - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Socrates was a Classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, he is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through ...
Biography - Philosophy - Satirical playwrights - Prose sources
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates - Cached - Similar
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Socrates
Aug 9, 2006 ... A brief discussion of the life and works of Socrates, with links to electronic texts and additional information.
www.philosophypages.com/ph/socr.htm - Cached - Similar
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Socrates (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
by D Nails - 2009 - Cited by 1 - Related articles
Sep 16, 2005 ... The philosopher Socrates remains, as he was in his lifetime (469–399 B.C.E.), an enigma, an inscrutable individual who, despite having ...
plato.stanford.edu/entries/socrates/ - Similar
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Images for socrates
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I mean, that's pretty on point.

When it comes to search engine wars, I'll point out that Google is the only one who has become a verb in itself.

Cycloptichorn
ibstubro
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 04:17 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Oversimplification, I know.

But I no longer find that I can type in random searches and get responses like I used to. It seems like too often I get an ad or link to a site that will provide me an ad.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 04:39 pm
@ibstubro,
Sorry, I'm still a google fan. Love the specialist search tools too, like blog search, groups and scholar. Knowing what sort of an answer I want makes those choices sensible.
ibstubro
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 04:59 pm
@hingehead,
It's been a long time since I seriously shopped around for a search engine. Maybe Google is as good as it gets and I just haven't gone out and tried the others enough to realize it.
hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:03 pm
@ibstubro,
Have you tried Bing? Microsoft's competitor in this space? Use is slowly rising I've read.

http://www.bing.com/
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:07 pm
@hingehead,
I love google search, just plain do. I'm less enthused about google image..


I haven't tried specialized searches on google. That could be dangerous, re my time.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:08 pm
@ibstubro,
I use google almost exclusively, but if you want to reduce the hits for socks on amazon, try adding "FAQ", like Socrates FAQ. In some cases, substituting "Instructions" for "FAQ" does a better job of elimination.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:23 pm
@roger,
Thanks, I didn't know that.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:24 pm
I use the word 'wiki' as a search term a lot as well.

Cycloptichorn
ibstubro
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:25 pm
@hingehead,
YES. I tried it and it seems like I liked it, now you mention.
I'll give it another go, even tho enriching Microsoft even more is nettlesome. lol
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:27 pm
@roger,
I'll sure try it. Anything to reduce the clutter.
A lot of times I just go to Wiki because that's where I end up, purity be damned.
ibstubro
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:29 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
I was right behind you on that. Even though even I have noticed omissions and inaccuracy on Wiki.

I've had good luck with the Wiki shopper, as a side note.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 05:30 pm
@ibstubro,
I'm the same. A parent (who is a librarian, as am I) told me that if her kids have a question they search youtube first, then google pictures, then google.

The shame!
dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 06:08 pm
http://s0.top10static.com/_img/library/news_image/wi_fi_dowsing_rod_520x300x24_fill.jpg
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 06:15 pm
@hingehead,
hingehead wrote:

I'm the same. A parent (who is a librarian, as am I) told me that if her kids have a question they search youtube first, then google pictures, then google.

The shame!


Actually, if I want to learn to DO something, youtube is one of the first places I'll look.
There's actually some really good "how to's" there. I like it even better when "real" people are doing it, you know, non-slick presentations.

chai2
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 06:16 pm
oh, but to answer your question, I like google.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 06:18 pm
@chai2,
It makes perfect sense to me too - we are primarily visual learners, but it's something of a epiphany for a librarian to realise that youtube is chosen over some more scholarly resource finders...
ibstubro
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 07:55 pm
@dyslexia,
OMG...is that a prototype? I had heard that the Pentagon was having Microsoft develop them all kinda hush-hush, but I had no idea they were OUT there.

WATCH YOUR BACK, man!
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 08:07 pm
@hingehead,
To put the final positive (Panglossian?) spin on this:

"I'm the same. A parent (who is a librarian, as am I) told me that if her kids have a question they search youtube first, then google pictures, then google.

The shame! "

Think how the kids have outgrown us, out flanked and outsmarted us! If the first place I looked for anything on the net was You Tube I'd be paralyzed! I go on there to look for a music video, find it, and yet 2 hours later I'm saying "I've probably used all the satellite internet already and I hope there's frozen pizza in there, but I just HAVE to see this final Phish vid!" They've learned to discern and distill and that's a huge skill required in the internet age!
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