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Poll: Which search engine is the default on your browser?

Search is a pivotal part of the Web-browsing experience, but which search engine is your default choice these days?

When it comes to surfing the Web, conducting a search is the most common way of getting to a site that has the information you are looking for. As IT professionals with a higher than average level of technical savvy, it is really just a reflex. We open a browser, type in a search word, check the results, and go from there.

But the question I want to consider is which search engine is your default choice. On January 29, 2010, I asked these poll questions, and the overwhelming leader was Google, but I wonder, over a year later, if that response will change? The comparison could prove enlightening.

So, please, consider these poll questions and add to the discussion thread explaining why you use the search engine you use.

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

99 comments
tpan37
tpan37

Privacy. Enough said.

tomde61
tomde61

I use Firefox, because this is the search engine the college I attend prefers. I take online classes and it is easier to have Firefox as my default search engine to research; however, I do use the library for research most of the time.

jwarneck
jwarneck

When switching some workstations to Bing I found IE would lock up. Not sure yet if its completely relevant but switched back to Google to be safe.

aaronangelle
aaronangelle

I use fire fox It is best for any system.

mark
mark

IXQUICK.com

srgg01
srgg01

Sometimes just Google

twistedg
twistedg

Why limit your search to one provider when you can get all the top search providers together? Plus you don't get all the garbage and useless fancy crap like Google and Yahoo. I just want my results. Web Crawler is also nice.

brandonkatz
brandonkatz

I use Ecosia as my search engine. It links to Yahoo and Bing but your ad clicks pay ecosia who sends the funds to rain forest conservation groups.

gtaglia
gtaglia

I use multiple engines in the Firefox search bar to look for specific things, but for a general search Lycos seems to give results more in line with what I'm looking for, with less unrelated garbage.

koribustard2
koribustard2

I tend to use Dogpile, but one that I feel may be even better is Copernic

troysters_2000
troysters_2000

This always finds what I am looking for as it sifts through all of the above... LOL

MFB
MFB

Dogpile a meta search engine gets what I need 90% of the time. If I can't find it here I'll use google.

mansor
mansor

grobe.it works well for me. It seems to be best at getting right to what I'm looking for by scanning multiple search engines for most appropriate hits and skipping the pushed sites.

warmbreath
warmbreath

The Yahoo home page is great in that I can have allot of news titles on different topics, weather and access to driving directions, dictionary all right in front of my face, but I put a topic from Yahoo, into the Yahoo search by mistake and the first three results that came up were a year to 3 years old and nothing on page 1 was what i wanted. Google is always there with exactly what i what I want in the top half of page 1 plus the official website to whatever I Googled. Yahoo has been steadily slipping over time.and they don't store their news, to save it you have to go back to the source

blackepyon01
blackepyon01

Metacrawler. Been using it since I was a kid. It searches the other search engines and provides me with a few pages of the most relevant results. Simple, minimalest interface too.

RoqCas
RoqCas

What is a search engine? Let me GOOGLE it !! :)

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

It's a year or so later, still using Google? Have you considered or tried Bing or some other search engine lately? Is it because it works so great or is it inertia?

cmrhere
cmrhere

AltaVista is still the best - most relevant and doesn't get paid to show you filtered results

otterpower
otterpower

Ixquick. They don't even record ISP's, and they have a strong concentration on academic work.

cutedeedle
cutedeedle

Secure, no tracking or logs, no ads.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

When I want to search, I want to search. I don't want to have to wade through a bunch of bs to find the box for entering search text.

blackepyon01
blackepyon01

I've used metacrawler as a search engine since I was a child in the early days of the internet. It has a simple interface with minimal advertising and animations. I still use it, and see no reason to change it.

eomr
eomr

dogpile.

TerryVW
TerryVW

I use GoodSearch. "GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers ? the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!" (from www.goodsearch.com/about.aspx)

iblbmb
iblbmb

I use ixquick, I think it's more secure

Softedge
Softedge

Try it, it is like Clusty in that it is a cluster search engine, but does not have the limitations of Clusty. It uses google, bing, ask and other popular search engines to compile its results, but in clusters.

seanferd
seanferd

I have a whole collection that I use regularly, when Google isn't offering up what I want. I'd probably stick to the Scroogle scraper if I didn't have some privacy options between software, and now Google's own offerings. edit: spelling

old graham
old graham

ixquick. Not sure I trust the big ones any more.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

But they are hands down my personal email, homepage (classic, not that iGoogle B.S.) and search engine of choice. This is in spite of the fact that I realize I have no privacy with Google. Others can say what they want, but with Google I'm actually able to find what I want quickly with no extra frills.

Snak
Snak

I've used Ask forever. I like the fact that I can, well, ASK a question - and get an answer. If I've not phrased the question exactly right, Ask will offer me alternative phrasings. I particularly like the fact that if I ask 'convert: 43.70GBP to US Dollars' for example, Ask will tell me, and offer a selection of relevant links for more info. Others merely list the links. Google in fact is the worst - it returns 'No documents match your query'.

tmpfilemgt
tmpfilemgt

but, I am getting more and more displeased with it. Been with it since the beginning. Slowly switching to Google.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Googles new fade in annoys me, tempting me to change default search engines.

micheldufrenoy
micheldufrenoy

Just, click on the drop-box, and select from several other available search engines. Just wish a dictionary was one.

MartyL
MartyL

I don't use a default search engine setting in my browser - any of the 5 browsers I use. Different browsers serve different purposes to different efficiencies. Unlike some of my customers who only need to look up the same three things every week, I need some flexibility - relying on a default search service tied to my browser does not allow me the flexibility I need.

jck
jck

Google is my site of choice. I sometimes use Yahoo, but Google always seems to pop up what I need within the first page or two. Tried Bing. It wasn't what I needed. Who is gonna win? Probably Google.\ Why is Bing gaining? You would too, if you were the search engine done by the OS on 90+% of the PCs being shipped worldwide. Google needs to get in bed with Red Hat, SuSE and Canonical, and become the default browser on their standard browsers. At least, that's what they need to do to beat MS at their own game.

Petrossi
Petrossi

I tried to change but when I * really * need something new the google algorithm returns the really interesting sites, sometimes bing or yahoo don't center the target.

MikeC123456
MikeC123456

Webcrawler. No (minimal) ads, combines results from others.

Slayer_
Slayer_

It still finds the best code samples on the various sites.

Paulo Cezar
Paulo Cezar

I?ll second cmrhere: AltaVista is still the best - most relevant and doesn't get paid to show you filtered results I always install the Altavista Firefox search plugin as the default search engine.

eyesak
eyesak

dogpile.com is a MetaSearch like IxQuick. Anyone use it? I know people who do - it is not my first to use, but use it from time to time.

dev
dev

Google has conversion, it's just you've got the syntax wrong. Try this: "43.70 GBP in Dollars"

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

They are a big NASCAR sponsor, but I forget they exist. So much for those advertising dollars. Maybe after Ixquick...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Tell us about it, grandpa! :D Sorry, I couldn't restrain myself. Not that I tried hard...

MartyL
MartyL

If you've been using it "since the beginning," it might be a good idea to find out if your insurance will cover an FMRI. Just in case.

Solenoid
Solenoid

A whole category of search tools. Drop down the search bar, Manage Search Engines..., select Dictionaries and Thesaurus from left list, and choose. Both Dictionary.com and M-W.com (Mirriam Websters) are available there. Wikipedia is there also. direct: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search-tools/dictionaries-encyclopedias I used to use M-W commonly but not default in FF's search bar. However since then, realized its just easier for me to open a new tab and type "m-" and let it auto fill from history.

Snak
Snak

.... it does. Interestingly, the top return on that (apart from the result itself) is your answer to my post. That's cute. I'll not actually change though. I tend to be brand loyal until they upset me; I tend to support the 'underdog' (no fair-weather fan here :) ) - and I don't want Google to take over the world, tho I suppose that would be (marginally) better than Microsoft doing so. So I'll not even change to Bing, despite the fact that if I type my domain name into it, the top 6 pages of returns all point to my site (for which I'm very grateful, thank you).

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