The Meta Search Engines: A Web Searcher's Best Friends - These are downloadable...
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4) Search Utilities (also called Desktop Search Applications)
These are downloadable meta search tools that search multiple search engines. Results are collated and ranked for relevancy with redundancies removed. They are not free but most of them have a free trial version available. The price? A few dozen dollars. The most popular are:
BullsEye [ http://www.intelliseek.com/ ],
Copernic [ http://www.copernic.com/ ],
LexiBot (formerly know as Mata Hari) [ http://lexibot.com ],
WebFerret [ http://www.zdnet.com/ferret/index.html ] and
WolfBot [ http://www.wolfbot.com/ ].
Now, you might ask yourself: If MSEs are so good, do we still need the search engines?
Well, it depends. I use a search engine - yup, Google - when I search for general information. I use a meta search engine when I'm looking for a unique or obscure search term or if I want to make an in-depth analysis of what's out there on a specific subject.
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