Yes people, there are other search engines (there are even others, but these are the top 3 - after Google). When I started using the Web, back in '97, AltaVista was the "standard" search engine. Everybody I knew was using it. Yahoo's search was powered by AltaVista, until they invested in Google and started using its search. MSN? I don't remember what it was, if at all.
Now, it's not that I don't like Google. And it's not that this 8-minute video-flash movie had such a great effect on me. There are two good reasons to use other search engines:
- Having only one search engine is bad. I don't like a single company to control all information. Alternative engines will not exist if we don't use them.
- Sometimes, the other engines have better results. For example, when I searched for a PDF of an academic paper, I couldn't find it with Google. But AV did find it. People (me included) sometimes think that if Google can't find something, it does not exist. This is not true.