Life Beyond Google: Web Search Tools

Add some variety to your web search!

Try one of these lesser-known search tools:

Intelways [update: no longer available] lets you easily toggle a search between the major search engines, plus YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, and more.

SearchMash [update: no longer available] is the unbranded beta site for Google. This is the place where they try out new search algorithms and results displays.

Exalead displays all results as thumbnail images, so you can see a page before you go to it. Check out its many unusual advanced search features.

Clusty has a terrible name, but it helpfully “clusters” your results by subject area.

Rollyo [update: no longer available] lets you create your own custom search covering up to 25 web sites. Hosted at the Rollyo site, no html skills required.

Or consider some of these specialty search engines:

FlashEarth lets you search a variety of maps and satellite images by toggling your search results between Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and NASA. Ultra cool!

FindSounds searches for WAV, AU, or AIFF files; no MP3’s. Results include each sound’s wavelength signature.

USA.gov lets you search only for governmental sites; results are clustered by topic and by agency.

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