Tired of using Google? It might come as a surprise to you that some of these search engines actually exist. Discover more about Google’s counterparts and their amazing functionality.

1.    Bing

Bing is powered by Microsoft and ranks as the second most used search engine. It seems to be better than Google when it comes to image searches, with an “entity understanding” that enables it to grasp whether you are searching for a person, a place or a thing. It makes searching easier and more user friendly, thus providing a better user experience.

2.    Yummly


Yummly is available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows. For those who love food and everything about it, Yummly is the perfect search engine recipe for you. Focusing on allergies, cuisine, diet, ingredients, meal courses, nutrition, prices, times and taste, it also learns about the user – the search engine bases its results on the user’s likes and dislikes. Offering almost 500,000 recipes, you can also save and edit your recipe of choice and Yummly will provide you with the ingredient quantities. It also computes the nutritional value of each recipe – it will show the amount of calories, fats and protein in each dish.

3.    DuckDuckGo


DuckDuckGo is in partnership with other search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing and Yummly. The name of the search engine was inspired by the children’s game, Duck, Duck, Goose. DuckDuckGo is included in Apple’s Safari Browser and has also been added to Mozilla’s Firefox search option. It is also a default search engine on the iOS 8.  DuckDuckGo prioritises the user’s privacy, with a policy that states that it “does not collect or share personal information.” Not only that, DDG also has an amazing Social Bio, wherein you don’t have to leave the search engine while searching for people’s profiles; you can use the site’s own search function. If you want to search a person’s profile on Facebook, you will not have to open the site anymore; just simply type “Facebook” together with the name of the person you are looking for and you will see Facebook’s search result page.

4.    Social Mention


Social Mention is a search engine with a consolidated list of all the social mentions you get from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. You will get a better track of what people are saying about you, a company, a service or a product. It has an analysis service, daily media alerts and API. An API (Application Program Interface) allows developers to intermingle with the Social Mention websites through a program code.

5.    Wolfram Alpha


This search engine is all about computations and calculations. It has a call to action of: “Enter what you want to calculate or know about.” Wolfram Alpha was developed by Wolfram Research, which is a private company that produces computation software. This search engine answers questions directly. It does not show lists of documents or pages about the answer. It focuses on computer algebra and statistics.

6.    WayBack Machine


The Wayback Machine is like a time travelling device that allows you to view a website and discover what it used to look like in the past. Instead of clicking the search bar, they have a “take me back” icon. For example, you can see what YouTube looked like in 2005 and 2006, etc., by searching here. This remarkable search engine gives a complete archive.

7.    Chacha


ChaCha comes from a Chinese Mandarin word which means “to search.” It is a human powered search engine, wherein users ask questions and in return a human answers the questions directly. ChaCha is the best search engine when it comes to answers because of its personal assisting qualities. It overpowers the other search engines that only depend on the algorithm or virtual assisting.


Search engines are reflections of human beings. The diversity of each search engine reflects human diversity. They are created because someone has a need and it has to be provided for. As long as people are developing new needs and information, new and diverse search engines will continue to be born.