Which Search Engine do you use?


Yesterday, I was searching for some stuff on my research on Home Schooling, and then I was doing the same thing. Opening new tabs, one for Google, one for Bing, one for Yahoo and one for Clusty. Did my searching from all those four tabs, I was in turn opening more tabs. So actually just to perform a quick search, I opening 4 x 2 = 8 tabs. Although with more computing power, it is nothing, but I realized that I was not searching in an effective manner.

It was then, that I suddenly realized that I had an amazing tool at my arsenal, which is Power Seek. A search tool I developed to make my research more easier. It allows me to open up the search results in one window, and perform my search, all while the Search is being displayed right in front of me, and I just switch the Search engine with a click of Combo box / Drop list. Once I change my search engine, the new Search results are displayed in the same smaller window.

Any time, I want the results to be bookmarked, I can just open the Search in new tab, by marking a check on the check box say, OPEN IN NEW TAB. Easy as pie, isn’t it? Oh by the way, for my small number of readers, the Search engine resides at

http://bit.ly/PowerSeek

and its user manual is residing at

http://powerseek.wordpress.com

So my few readers,

which search engine do you use and why?

Power Search


The internet is a huge place, and one may get lost when there is no direction. Also, if there is no direction, the person may wander in all the directions. Plus with the advent of so many Search Engines, be that Google, MSN, Bing, Yahoo, and many others, there are times, when these search engines are giving different / same results depending on the index that they are having.

Still, for a conscious person (surfer) who is gathering information from the web, tries to looks are all the sources, as to verify each and every results. Whenever, we do this kind of  stuff, that is, simultaneously searching on different search engines, we sometimes get lost. To overcome this problem, I developed Power Search. Yes, the idea is very similar to what Firefox offers are their search engine at the top right corner, but this one is with a twist. It is a full-blown web page, where simple information, like Chosen Search Engine and Entered Keyword is in front of the user all the time. Anytime, if there is need to change either one, it is simply a matter of few clicks.

When I developed the power search, I has no idea it will be liked by people. Now, that I have developed, and I have started using it, I asked, myself, why not public it, so that others could also benefit from it. So here I go with this post for illustrating how easy it is to search using Power Search (http://bit.ly/Power-Search).

Following are the few of the features presented in Power Search.

Weather Forecast

  1. Choose, “Weather Forecast” or “Mozilla Forecast” from the Search Engines.
  2. Type City name, example “Karachi
  3. Press ENTER. Complete Weather information will be displayed.

Search within Twitter

  1. Choose “Twitter Search (Plain)” from the search Engines
  2. type twitter username, any trending term, or a complete customized string. More on Customized String here.
  3. Press ENTER.

Search twitter for tweets from a specific user

  1. Choose “Twitter Search (Posted From)” from the search Engines
  2. type the twitter username without the @ sign.
  3. Press ENTER. It will display the most recent posts from that user.

Word Mania

Dictionary

  1. Choose “Dictionary” or “Webster” or “Urban Dictionary” from the search Engines
  2. type the word whose meaning you’ve been aching to learning
  3. Press ENTER.

Thesaurus

Thesaurus comes handy when you are looking for different words having the same meanings.

  1. Choose “Thesaurus” from the search Engines
  2. type the word whose meaning you’ve been aching to learning
  3. Press ENTER.

Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus is another fancy way to look at words.

  1. Choose “Visual Thesaurus” from the search Engines
  2. type the word whose meaning you’ve been aching to learning
  3. Press ENTER.
  4. After a few seconds, once the page is loaded, click “LOOK IT UP” to see the word associations in action.

Anagrams

Anagrams are another interesting things in Words. Anagram is the process of  moving the positions of letters in a word and forming one or more words.

  1. Choose “Anagrams (Wordsmith.org)” from the search Engines
  2. type the big word. Usually this is performed when you are looking for different combination of word.
  3. Press ENTER

Acronyms

Acronyms are the short forms of words we usually find when people who are too lazy to type the whole word. For keeping in touch with those short forms, use Acronym Finder

  1. Choose “Acronym Finder” from the search Engines
  2. Type the short form. For example, RTOFL
  3. Press ENTER

Movies (Internet Movie Database)

Where else would you be going to know about your favorite movies. Internet Movie Database.

  1. Choose “IMBD – Internet Movie Database” from the search Engines
  2. Type the short form. For example, “Matrix
  3. Press ENTER

Images

Your report is done, but you need to jazz it up with the right kind of images at the right place. Try these embedded search engines.

  1. Choose either one these
    1. Google Life Images (this will provide the older images of the searched term.)
    2. Google Images
    3. Flickr
  2. Type your report keyword. For example if you are reviewing Matrix Movie, try using Matrix, Oracle, Agent Smith.
  3. Press ENTER