I have been unhappy with Google search lately. It’s not just the auto correct/auto suggest they’ve been pushing on people (I know how to spell, leave my search terms alone). I am no longer able to obtain high-quality search results, without having to see what essentially looks like a massive ad directory. There’s too much predictive analytics going on (not just at Google). They think they know me. I think my browser is ready for a new default search engine.
Are there good alternatives? Blekko has been in the news recently – Yandex (Russia’s top search engine) just invested $15 million in them, along with a group of US investors who are also putting in $15 million. The message is very appealing – to give the user helpful search results without the clutter.
According to Rich Skrenta, Blekko’s CEO and founder, their current search engine index spans about 3 billion pages on 750 servers (approximately 4 million pages per server). Yet, my first search on Blekko (using term “big data”) produced 126 million results, compared to Google’s 86.3 million results.
They admittedly have a smaller index than Google, claim to be ignoring the spam, low quality content, link farms, yet the result set is much larger? I will contact the company and will update this post once I have more information.