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SearchBoth, a search engine referral service owned by Toll Free Yellow Pages, has published a survey today suggesting that 70% of respondents prefer Google over the other engines. They note, "On a survey performed on SearchBoth.com by over 1,000 voters, 70% of voters prefer Google over any other search engine, 16% preferred Yahoo!, 8% preferred Ask and 5% preferred MSN. The results were staggering. More than two thirds of the voters prefer Google for search engine results. What most people do not know is that on average 70% of the first 100 results shown on Google and Yahoo! are completely different."
I just did a quick search on both for Web 2.0 and the first page results were almost identical – even down to the videos. The question is whether a person really needs to do searches on multiple engines to find the best results. I do multiple searches rarely.
I do like the look of the results pages on SearchBoth – if you want to search on both, it works well (that is once you get past the home page I note below). A lot of scrolling, but does let you see everything at once. TWERQ has some of this functionality plus a lot more as well – if you want to search multiple engines, TWERQ handles it better.
Side note: Go check out the SearchBoth home page for one of the most busy, out of alignment, scary, poorly designed, wack home pages I have ever seen. How do they expect anyone to use their service when you can’t even figure out what goes with which? Please hire a designer!
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