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More links may be added ... and 'dead' links removed
... and slow and/or really-obnoxious links removed,
whenever I revisit this page.

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  1. GOOGLE web searchers

  2. 'WEB DIRECTORIES'

  3. YAHOO web searchers

  4. 'DIRECT' web searchers
    (more --- in addition to Google and Yahoo)

  5. 'META' web searchers
    (searchers that use combinations of direct searchers)

  6. SITES WITH LINKS to many web searchers
    (including sites that 'search for searchers' or 'find finders')

  7. Web REFERENCE resources
    (encyclopedia, dictionary, thesarus, etc.)

The 'DIRECT' and 'META' groups are basically in numero-alphabetical order by site name.

Some of the web searchers in the 'DIRECT' group are actually meta-searchers, but they are so 'smooth' that they appear to be doing their own searching. I may move some of these to the 'META' group, someday.

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Note :
You can use the Find-text facility of your browser to find keywords in this page
such as 'proximity' or 'google' or 'directory' or 'dictionary' or 'archive' or 'meta'.

GOOGLE web searchers

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'WEB-DIRECTORIES'

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    It seems that 'web directories' are dying out. Google and Yahoo closed theirs down around 2014. Then around 2017, the directory from which the Google and Yahoo web-directories were spawned --- the DMOZ "Open Directory Project" closed down.

    It seems that it is just not feasible for a team of people to keep up with all the sites that are going dead and the new sites that appear.

    About a year after the dmoz.org site closed down, it appears that a new web-directory site --- curlie.org --- arose from the ashes of 'dmoz.org'. It remains to be seen how long that web-directory lasts.

    Following are a few links related to 'web directory' sites.


YAHOO web searchers

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I repeatedly got a bad taste in my mouth concerning Yahoo. Whenever I have been looking for information on a topic and I landed on one of the Yahoo 'Answers' pages (at answers.yahoo.com), the RIDICULOUSLY poor quality of answers on those pages has left me wondering why Yahoo did not shut down that project.

Yahoo seemed to have NO moderators to get rid of answers that are stupid and useless (like "I have not tried this, but have you tried ...." followed by something that just reveals the ignorance of the answer-poster). Yahoo deserved to be going down in flames in the 2010-2015 time period.

Their only site worth saving was their 'Yahoo Finance' site. But I present a few other Yahoo links for what they are worth. A pittance?


"DIRECT" web searchers (in numero-alphabetical order by site name)

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"META" web searchers (in numero-alphabetical order by site name)

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SITES WITH LINKS to many web searchers
(including sites that "search for searchers" or "find finders")

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Web REFERENCE resources (encyclopedia, dictionary, thesarus, etc.)

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I'm still looking for a better search engine.
Here is a suggestion for a major improvement.

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There may be many more 'meta' search engines out there. They come and go.

And 'direct' search engines seem to get absorbed/acquired/merged into others.

You can put the names of a few of these meta-searchers in Google --- to find web pages that provide links to even more "meta-search" engines. And, thus, you may also find more "direct-search" engines.

To see some current, best-of-class search engines, you can see the bottom of a search page of the DMOZ (dmoz.org) Open Directory Project (ODP). In July 2006, the search engine links being shown at the bottom of DMOZ results pages were:

AltaVista - A9 - AOL - Clusty - Gigablast - Google - Lycos - MSN - Teoma - WiseNut - Yahoo

In December 2014, the bottom of DMOZ results pages showed:

AOL - Ask - Bing - Blekko - DuckDuckGo - Gigablast - Google - ixquick - Yahoo - Yandex - Yippy

After 2017 March, this way of seeing currently functioning 'direct' web searchers will no longer work. DMOZ 'retired' in 2017 March.

About a year after 'dmoz.org' went dead, 'curlie.org' seems to have arisen from its ashes. In August 2018, the bottom of Curlie results pages showed:

AOL - Ask - Bing - DuckDuckGo - Gigablast - Google - StartPage - Yahoo - Yandex

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Page was created 2006 Apr 22.
Page was changed 2014 Dec 07.
Page was changed 2017 Apr 13. (Showed DMOZ as 'retired'.
Added some 'WEB SEARCH' links. Removed some dead links.)
Page was changed 2018 Aug 12. (Added css and javascript to try to handle text-size for smartphones, esp. in portrait orientation. Replaced old 'dmoz.org' 'web-directory' link with 'curlie.org'.)