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    Fluffy Kitten Programmer~ Elledan's Avatar
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    My favourites are Altavista and Google.

    Altavista is HUGE and you can do an images search as well (and audio and video), but you must 'understand' somewhat how Altavista works before you get relevant results. I use the Advanced Search many times.

    Google is different from Altavista in more than one way: The most obvious difference is the fact that the site itself is much... cleaner
    Searching with Google is a VERY fast way to search either AND best thing (IMO): the search results are automatically filtered so that you won't have double URLs and other inconveniences experienced with other search engines.

    PS: I'm getting 99% of the traffic on EmuDreams from Google (Google.yahoo.com as well) so that's another reason I like this S.E.
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    I actually don't use SE that much.. But if I do I mostly use some multi search sites.

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    Hi,

    I like Dmoz (ODP) when I am looking for many sites on a similar subject as it is a huge directory (bigger than yahoo at the minute I think) plus I edit a small catagory there so I should really support it

    When I want to use a search engine and not a directory I like Google and Raging. Both are very similar, and produce very quick results.

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    I like AltaVista and Google best, too.

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    I use http://www.dogpile.com or if I know it's going to be easy to find then I use yahoo.
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    Partially out of habit, I always go to Yahoo first...it usually works. After that comes AltaVista.

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    I used to be an AV man. I remember when there was only yahoo and then AV and Lycos came out, AV touting to be the fastest (and speed back then was very very important).

    Anyways, the AV frontpage is cluttered, as with many search engines they want to be more than just that. And it is often harder to find relevant info in AV.

    So now I use google, which is in my opinion the best search engine. I've always found what I'm looking for right away. I still use AV for image searches though.

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    That's interesting, I am also an AltaVista/Google fan.

    AltaVista has always been my preferred search engine: if I needed to find something, there was no hesitation... I'd go straight to av.com and always find what I was looking for.

    Lately though, especially if I need to find something fast, I will head right on over to Google. Google's listings seem to be much more relevant than other search engines, and the speed is amazing!

    I've never been impressed with Yahoo... used it about a dozen times and all it has come up with is junk. I have had good results with WebCrawler and Excite in the past though, WebCrawler is good if you need some quick links and don't want to sift through all the descriptions, while Excite usually provides relevant information if you spend some time looking through all the pages.

    [Edited by eradtke on 09-17-2000 at 11:44 AM]

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    I use AltaVista or Google, depending on how I feel or if I need advanced strings, etc. If I can't find what I want there, I try Yahoo or DMOZ.

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    I am a google fan, and if I can't find what I am searching for on google, I use raging.com (Which is Altavista without all the useless extra's)

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    Oh yeah I forgot to include DMOZ in my list, they're also one of my favorites. Although they would be considered more of a directory than a search engine.

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    I like HotBot. I use them a lot. If they don't get what I'm looking for than I go to Yahoo!

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    I use Google, Hotbot, Dogpile, AllTheWeb.Com, and sometimes Altavista. I dont like yahoo i dont understand how it became so popular. goto.com isnt a real search engine, most of the top positions for certain keywords can be bought. Excite is OK, it is pretty intelligent but i dont get a ton of relevant results, which is a waste of my time.

    Google and Hotbot(in my opinion) give the most relevant results. AllTheWeb.Com is good if you need to find something fast. DogPile is a great metasearch that doesnt wait for search engines if the are slow.
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    I like google, yahoo, dmoz and alltheweb.com.


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    GoTo.com-Nice search. Strange colors.

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    I think Google is the most accurate. AlltheWeb.com is pretty good also.

    Both index your pages instead of just your title and description.
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    BTW, Google indexes the Open Directory Project and uses it as a directory.
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    You are forgetting that google has loads of broken and wrong links.

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    Originally posted by imagineer
    You are forgetting that google has loads of broken and wrong links.
    Really? I always found that all of the other SE had those problems...

    163,745,233,854 sites found and less than 12,000 are what you're looking for... *gulps*
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    I haven't had that problem much with google. And when I have, their Cached page feature is there to save the day.


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    I haven't had that problem with google either.
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