When it comes to search engines we probably all have our allegiances. Most of us probably still use Google Search, however an increasing number, it seems, are beginning to use the quite impressive Bing’s “decision engine” to find their search results.
But what about Yahoo? Still a reasonably popular method of searching in spite of the soaring success of Google – although of course, Yahoo is currently in the process of switching to being powered by Bing. But which is best?
Most of us would probably argue in favour of the one we use, but conduct a “search engine blind taste test”, take away the branding, and indication of which search results belong to which search engine and the results may beg to differ.
This was exactly the thinking behind the launch of BlindSearch. The site, built as a fun experiment by Michael Kordahi, intends to uncover which search engine really is the most accurate and fruitful, on average.
So how does it work? Well, a simple search box at the top of the site’s home page is similar to any other search engine. Simply enter your query and you are presented with 3 columns in no particular order: one is a list of Google’s results the next might be Yahoo and the last could be Bing or any other order, for that matter.
You are then prompted to vote for your favourite column of results before heading off to your destination, if that was your initial intention.
The problem is, that for most popular searches, such as the name of a sports team or celebrity, returns most of the same results, official pages, wikis, fan pages etc. However, upon testing the site for a few minutes with an array of searches, I did tend to favour Bing’s results over the others.
Now, I am a Google guy myself, and even use their Chrome web browser to boot, but none the less I can’t argue with the results and therefore declare that henceforth, I will continue to use Google for absolutely no real reason other than sheer loyalty!
Try it out for yourself at www.blindsearch.fejus.com and you may be surprised exactly which search engine you favour.
What did you find when you tested it out? Which search engine provides you with the best results for your typical searches? Also having done a “search engine taste test” will it make you switch your default search engine? Let us know in the comments below!