Have you ever wanted to search multiple search engines at the same time? I am sure you can imagine the time it would save if you were able to use one search bar to pull data from popular search engines, social networks, and blogs. Although Google and Bing are very good search engines. Looking at some of the more recent statistics, the giant that is Google has around 90% share of the whole search engine market. The next highest is Microsoft’s Bing with a tiny 4% by comparison.
Google is the default choice in popular web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. But on average, if you did a Google search and then a Yahoo or Bing search using the same search words, they will actually not be the same! It is said that 70% of the first 100 results you get from each engine you try will be different. If you think about it, this makes sense because each company will use different code and search algorithms as well as differing in their ways at filtering useless or undesirable content etc.
There are several search engine options available to people on the web. Google or Bing are not the only one, and you’ll be surprised to find out that some folks tend to use some of the most unknown search engines. But what happens when your favorite search engine is not enough to cut it? It means you’ll have to go ahead and type the same query in another search engine. However, what if it was possible to type your query once and get results from some of the most relevant search engines available on the web right now.
Search Multiple Search Engines At The Same Time
TheInfo.com is a website that lets you choose between a variety of services for performing your search. You can enable searching through Google, Overture, MSN (now Bing) and Teoma, plus directories like About.com, Google Directory and Yahoo Directory, the Metacrawler web crawler and additional services like news and WebRing.
You can also select “All the web” with one click to automatically search with Google, Overture, Bing and Teoma. The results pop up in separate windows, so brace yourself.
Noog for Windows PC
For that to happen, you’ll need to download a software called NooG. Hey, it’s a weird name for a web search related software, but that’s fine because the name doesn’t matter if the software is capable of working wonders. The Noog program is used to make queries by country, language, document type, time of creation, website, excluding certain phrases, etc.
To get NooG up and running on your computer system, download and install it on your Windows PC. It is less than 1MB, so it should be a quick download. The installation is pretty quick as well, and when it comes down to viruses, we came across none, so that’s a plus right there.
Simul-Search for Mac
Brand new to the Mac, the $1 Simul-Search app lets you simultaneously search Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and Wikipedia. The best part is that it searches in real time, so as soon as you start typing, the results will begin loading.
The downside is that because results appear side by side, in order to do so they have to be reduced down to their mobile versions. Simul-Search does have convenient buttons though for opening one of the results pages in Safari or all of them in separate tabs.
PolyCola is yet another simple website that lets you pick two search engines from its supported list and enter the same search query to view the different results side by side. The supported engines are Google, Yahoo, Ask, Dogpile and AOL.
Initially, on the home page you can choose from searching the web, images and videos, but after performing a search PolyCola reveals you can also search through news and shopping categories as well. It’s far from the most elegantly designed website on the planet, but it works for pitting two different search engines against each other.
Smart Search for iOS and Android
Smart Search & Web Browser is a free app for iOS and Android — and one of the few — that combines several methods of search. It actually supports the widest amount of search engines and services on this list so far. Supported ones include Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Google Images, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, eBay, Google Translate and Wikipedia.
While you can’t compare your results side to side, what you will love about the app is that you can enter a search query, quickly tap the menu at the top and choose a new service, and the new results will automatically load. You can speedily switch between results to compare with memory.
Smart Search also has a built-in web browser for accessing any other websites too.