CNET Compares Nine Web Engines

Ben Patterson from CNET has written reviews of nine web search engines along with putting together a chart that lists various features.

Google is the favorite, while Yahoo is a close second. Other engines include:

  • A9
  • AltaVista
  • AOL Search
  • Ask Jeeves
  • Looksmart
  • Lycos
  • MSN Search

One point that should have been included in each review is where the database(s) for each service came from. For example, no mention that Google provides the web and image search databases at AOL and A9. The same is true with the Yahoo web, image, and news databases at AltaVista. Actually, instead of spending time on AltaVista why not include Exalead and Gigablast. Each of these services provide their own crawl of the web.

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