Useful links: A to Z of search

Almost without thinking we all go straight to Google – which is great. I’ve been using it for years. But there’s a myriad of really great search tools out there.  I’ve grabbed all my bookmarks for search engines on Delicious and compiled them into an A to Z of search. It’s not possible to cover every search category so I’ve concentrated mainly on search in the tech and social networking fields. Have a look through this list. It might throw up some surprises – or serious omissions – let me know!

Search aggregators (meta search)

Collecta: search blogs, Twitter, Jaiku, Identica, photos from Flickr, yFrog, TwitPic and videos from YouTube, Ustream

collecta

searchmerge: search Google and social sites at the same time

iBoogie: sorts results into categories down left side

keyboardr: search Google, Google Blogs, Google Images, Wikipedia and YouTube at the same time

Heapr: search Google, Wolfram Alpha, Twitter, Flickr and Wikipedia

Sputtr: select whichever search engine you would like to use and it redirects you to that site’s engine automatically

Panabee: search multiple engines

Sperse: search multiple engines

whonu: search multiple engines

Search alerts

ByTagg: get alerts on new search results; free software download

Trackle

Alertpedia: email alerts

Alertpedia

Search alternatives

dooblet: find alternatives to anything

Search for alternative software

AlternativeTo

Search Amazon

Amazanian: find Amazon.com products eligible for free shipping

Search anonymously

Ixquick Metasearch

Yauba

Search for answers

Yahoo! Answers

Mahalo Answers

Answerbag

Search Apple AppStore

uquery

Search Bing + twitter

BingTweets

Search blogs

Technorati

twingly

Twingly

BlogPulse

Google Blog Search

IceRocket

Search books

Google Books

Search for books

100 Awesome search engines for bibliophiles

Google Books

Search – case sensitive

http://case-sensitive-search.appspot.com/

Search colors

Google Image Search Color Filter

MultiColr Search Lab: search Flickr by colour

Search comments

BackType

Search comparison tools

Unified Search (Google, Bing, Wolfram, Wikipedia, Delicious and Stumbleupon; Firefox add-on)

Triplify (Google, Yahoo! and Live Search)

Google-Bing Search (Google and Bing)

Wolfram Alpha Google (Wolfram and Google; Firefox add-on)

Search: computational knowledge

Wolfram Alpha

Search conversations

WhosTalkin

Whostalkin

Search Creative Commons

Creative Commons Search

Search for definitions

definr

Search Delicious

del.izzy

Search for direct download links

Download Any Stuff

Search documents (online pdf, doc, presentations, and spreadsheets)

Gdocu

Brupt

PDF Database

DocJax

DocMazy (PDFs, DOCs, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and text files)

WhereIsNow (latest versions of documents)

DocShare

Search for domain names

Domain Typer

Domainr

JustDropped (search recently released or deleted  domain names)

Wordoid

Search eBay

eBay Desktop (download; Adobe Air app)

Lastminute Auction

Typo Buddy

Search for eBooks

Gdocu

PDF Search Engine

ManyBooks

eBook Search Queen

Search faces

Facesaerch

facesaerch

Search FAQs

Snappyfingers

QueryCAT

Search for feeds

Feedmil

FeedMill

Search for files

File Snatcher

Search Hacker

Find that File

ShareMiner (search the web for software, video, music, ebooks, documents, games and archives)

FilesTube (searches files in various file sharing and uploading sites like RapidShare, megaupload and mediafire)

Search flickr

Compfight

Flickr Storm

PiciShare

Tag Galaxy

rgb80

Multicolr Search Lab (search Flickr by colour)

Flickr Related Tag Browser (search Flickr by tags)

Flair (download; Adobe Air app)

Search fonts

FFonts

Search Forums

BoardTracker

boardtracker

BoardReader

Omgili

Omigli

Search for free photos

EveryStockPhoto

Search gadgets

gdgt

Search Google + bing

Askboth

Search Google + twitter

twootles

Twoogle

Search Google + Yahoo!

SearchBoth

Search health resources

OrganizedWisdom

Search: human powered

Mahalo

Mahalo

Search for icons

ICONLook

IconLook

IconFinder

Iconlet

Search for images

Ginipic (on web and your desktop; download to use)

ginipic

EveryStockPhoto

Compfight (Flickr search)

Google Image Search: advanced image search now has filtering by license

Stockvault

FreeFoto

ookaboo (public domain or Creative Commons images)

Search for images – by sketching

retrievr

Search for images – by colour

Multicolr Search Lab

Multi Colour Search Lab

picitup

Etsy

Search image galleries

Kalooga

Search – International directory of search engines

Search Engine Colossus

Search for keyword trends

HotWords

Search for keyword suggestions

Wordtracker

Search libraries

WorldCat

Search Linux

Google – Linux

TuxFinder (search for packages and documentation; search distributions)

Search local area network (LAN)

LAN Search Pro (free download)

Search for lyrics

Lyrster

Lyrster

mp3zy

Search for manuals

The Manuals

Manuals Online

Search medical

TextMed

HealthBase

Search microblogs

Twingly Microblog Search

Search mp3s

Beemp3

mp3zy

SkreemR

Skreemr

seeqpod

Wuzam

SSMunch

Seekmp3

mp3realm

abMP3

Search multimedia

Searchme (search web pages, videos, images, music tracks, Twitter posts)

LeapFish

Search multiple social sites (simultaneously)

Popixy

Search music

Jogli

MixTurtle

mixturtle

vastfm

fizy

songza

playlist

Search music videos

Cleepr

YouTube

Search: news

Google News Timeline

Search: niche

Accredited Degrees: Here’s a collection of 50 niche search engines

UNData

Search for pdfs

PDF Search Engine

Data-Sheet

PDF Database

PDF Books

DocMazy (PDFs, DOCs, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and text files)

Pdfgeni

Search people

Pipl

pipl

123People

Yasni

snitch.name

ZabaSearch

ZoomInfo

Search periodically

Alertpedia (email alerts)

Search for personal information

eJustice Blog: Who knows what about you: 25 free tools to find out

Search phrases and acronyms

MetaGlossary

Search for plagiarism

Viper

Search Rapidshare

Rapidshare Search (Firefox add-on)

Rapidshare123

Search real time

Scoopler (twitter, flickr, digg, delicious, etc)

OneRiot

Feedmil

Search semantic (knowledge-based)

Yebol

hakia

True Knowledge

Search for similar images

TinEye

TinEye

retrievr

picitup

Pixolu

pixolu

Google Similar Images

Search for similar music

mufin (download player)

Search for similar websites

SimilarSites

Whoislike.it

Search social networking

Whoisi

SocialMention

snitch.name

spy

spy

WhosTalkin

Identify (Firefox add-on)

Search social profiles

Folowen

Search for songs

Songerize

Midomi (search by humming song)

Search stock photographs

PicFindr

picFindr

Search suggestions

Soovle (more search suggestions from your keywords)

Search for sounds

SoundBible

Search symbols

Symbols.com

Search tag cloud

Adds a tag cloud to Google and Yahoo! search results

Search Cloudlet (firefox extension)

Search torrents

TorrentFetcher (download)

Search for tutorials

TutSearch

Howto.fm

Search Twitter

Search Twitter

TweetDeck

Bing Twitter Search (only available in USA at the moment)

Twazzup

Collecta

Scoopler

MicroPlaza

Topsy

CrowdEye

Search Twitter images

TwiPho

Search for videos

MetaTube

VideoSurf (searches multiple video search engines)

Veoh

CastTV

blinkx

Truveo

LoomTV

Search visual

Viewzi

RedZ

searchme

searchme

Spezify

Veesual

veesual

oSkope

Vizzl (search and browse Amazon, Ebay and YouTube)

Search for website information

BuiltWith

Dataopedia

Website Grader

XinuReturns

Search a website

In your preferred search engine, use the following format:

site:domaintosearch.com your search terms

Search Wikipedia

Navify

Search wikis

Qwika

Search for words

WordWaldo (Scrabble, crossword puzzles, etc)

Search YouTube

Jogli

If I’ve missed any important categories or missed a search engine you find really useful, please let me know in the comments and I”ll add it to the list. Hope you discover something useful from this post.

15 Responses

  1. Renton Says:

    Awesome list! I’ve bookmarked it, I’m sure I’ll need it again and again. Thanks!

  2. techandlife Says:

    Thanks. I’m trying to update it regularly as I come across new stuff. Starting to get a bit long now though!

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  4. John Park Says:

    Update on feedmil: After its first launch as a topical feed search engine in last April,feedmil.com is fully redesigned and enhanced to go real-time.

    It is now a real-time search engine for a variety of live streams from blogs, microblogs, podcasts, as well as public and social media.

  5. babafisa Says:

    I’ll take some of your suggestions and try to apply them.

  6. ultrasurf Says:

    There’s a lot of information here. I’ll be back again.

  7. Nesa Says:

    You need to include LoomTV to your list of video search engines- it’s the best 1 I found cos it’s both search engine and non-stop video player: It’s right here: http://www.loom.tv

  8. techandlife Says:

    Added. Thanks for that.

  9. lisa Says:

    You can also try http://www.estimix.com – a free tool that provides a nice summary of the website performance.The estimation provided by estimix is the result of a complex analysis based on factors like: the age of the website, the demographic structure of the traffic, the countries where the website is popular and sources of the traffic.

  10. metin2 yang Says:

    hao do you do

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  12. pdf file Says:

    Hey we have also created a search engine to find pdf files and here it is… http://wwww.pdf-file.org/

  13. jonth Says:

    also you can try this site – http://findebookee.com

  14. شات الشرقيه Says:

    I agree that Google is a bit slow at times and using

  15. Bernd Says:

    I think the admin of this website is actually working hard in support of his site,
    since here every material is quality based material.

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