Any good search engines left? New options worth it?
Really – are there any good search engines left?
We’ve mentioned in the past that all legacy generic “search engines” of the “interwebs” have gone down the toilet. They’re trying to dictate what is both the truth and what is best for “us.” Instead of letting us decide for ourselves.
Most morons do not even suspect a thing, let alone challenge it. The few sane people left wonder if there are any good search engines left.
New options sprout up all the time – but does it matter?
Below is a list (just) to get started. Most “alternative” search engines attract users because they claim “privacy” protection, which is all good for that sole purpose. But they typically also use skewed data from already tainted search engine results from other companies. So the desire to find valuable information (the main reason for searching) is still left unsatisfied. All that ever comes up is “mainstream,” other large commercial assets, and worse – social media. Rarely a blog or local independent shop, etc.
Mojeek seems promising, and we’ve used Giburu (not in that list below) with some success. Thankfully, we have decades of real internet experience as well as our own memory (and other trusted sources) to serve as faithful guides.
Here are ten alternatives to Google search to test your results:
- StartPage – StartPage gives you Google search results, but without the tracking (based in the Netherlands).
- Searx – A privacy-friendly and versatile metasearch engine that’s also open source.
- MetaGer – An open source metasearch engine with good features, based in Germany.
- SwissCows – A zero-tracking private search engine based in Switzerland, hosted on secure Swiss infrastructure.
- Qwant – A private search engine based in France.
- DuckDuckGo – A private search engine based in the US.
- Mojeek – The only true search engine (rather than metasearch engine) that has its own crawler and index (based in the UK).
- YaCy – A decentralized, open source, peer-to-peer search engine.
- Givero – Based in Denmark, Givero offers more privacy than Google and combines search with charitable donations.
- Ecosia – Ecosia is based in Germany and donates a part of revenues to planting trees.