Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Searching the Web

CrossEngine is a web based search platform.
It brings together nearly two hundred search engines in one place, offering quick access to them all from one spot. Its quicker to access multiple searches here than it is to find a favourite search engine in the search bar in FireFox, it is easier to bounce around between engines and compare searches. There's a nice crisp interface , a search box, a list of engines or tabs leading to types of search. The simple effective functionality of this site could shorten searching time.

But all is not what it seems.

Comments on lifehacker suggest that searches in CrossEngine are different and so they are.
I tried searching for Treforest on Google through Crossengine and on Google in a stand alone window.

Both searches give me about 141,ooo results, Google direct in 0.12 seconds, CrossEngine in 0.11 seconds. The results are similar but different. They come up in a different order.
Using the CrossEngine link the Wikipedia entry for Treforest is second, using Google it appears in sixth place.

Conversely the reverse happens using Yahoo. Yahoo in a stand alone window offers about 54,900 results in 0.21 seconds, Yahoo through CrossEngine offers 54,000 results in 0.36 seconds, but the first 10 results are displayed in the same order!

Don't take my word for it.
Try it with your own search.
Does the same happen for you?

Why is that?

CrossEngine may not be going in my favourites list until I discover what going on.
If only I knew more about searching!

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