Which Search Engine Would You Choose In A Blind Test?

October 26th, 2010

The three major search engines today are Bing, Google and Yahoo (in alphabetical order). For most young, hip and dynamic web users, the young, hip and dynamic Google is the straightforward choice. But what if you didn’t know exactly which search engine you were using? Would you still think Google was the biggest, or quickest, or most accurate? We’ve got a blindfold test of search engines after the jump.

We all know that Google has dominated the search market for years, and now leads both desktop and mobile search worldwide.  With an unwavering dedication to the user, Yahoo couldn’t compete with its paradigm of creating a portal that biased results and got in the way of answers.  MSN search, and its recent reincarnation-  Bing, were late to get into the game, although they did manage to snag the search rights on Facebook.  More than likely, you just don’t bother with the other search engines anymore.  Google delivers search by default on Firefox, Apple products, Android phones (obviously), and if you are anything like us then Google has become indispensable, thanks to Gmail, Maps, Docs, YouTube, Chrome, site analytics, AdWords …with more services to come.

But is it better?  Certainly Google has always been committed to search in a way that no others were.  And they have invested in the most enormous distributed global servers to fuel their dominance.  But does that mean its better?  How can we really know if its more relevant, if the algorithms are a secret?  A blind test! That’s how!

The question then is, even if its not the best search, would we ever go elsewhere now that we rely on every other of their services? And in these days of information overload, and with a maturing web landscape, do we really need baseline search for our needs, or do we just need to ask our friends on Facebook, and occasionally visit Wikipedia?

Hit the link below to see if you really would pick your favorite search engine in a blind search test. We think you’ll be surprised by some of the results:


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