Read/WriteWeb continues to monitor the second tier of search engines. Last month, they published the top 100 alternative search engines. This month, theyâ€™ve updated the list for February, with 32 new additions.
The criteria to make the list:
1) The Search Engine should exhibit superiority to Googleâ€”not as a whole, but in just one particular area. . . . We are not arguing that any one of the 100 list members is a “Google killer”. Rather, that they should be matched against the appropriate corresponding part of Google. For example, TheFind is a shopping search engine and therefore should be compared to Google’s shopping search engine, Froogle. . . .
2) Secondly, what ultimately gets a particular search engine into the Top 100 (as opposed to the hundreds and hundreds of “also rans”) is my evaluation. It is a subjective, personal judgment from an SEOâ€”not an independent, statistical measure.
At least heâ€™s honest. He, by the way, is Charles S. Knight, SEO. (Is that like PhD or Esq.? Iâ€™m totally adding it to my monogram.)
He admits the original list might have been a bit lax in its definition of â€œsearch engine,â€ including del.icio.us, Digg, and Rollyo. These have been dropped this month. Heâ€™ll also be featuring a search engine of the month, extolling the virtues of one of the top 100.
See anything you like on the list?