Pandia has come out with their top 5 alternative search engines to Google. Top of the list is Ask.com , which shouldn't come as that much of a surprise, particularly given Sarah's recent robust comments about it.
Second on their list is Gigablast and Pandia see their strengths as the ability to focus a search and to create an RSS feed for a search.
Next up to the plate is Factbites which they like for some reason that escapes me. It's claimed that the results are presented in a more meaningful way, and the engine doesn't search just for your terms, but the whole topic area. (That would be great if it knew what the topic area was. It doesn't.)
Pandia also likes Exalead, which is a sensible choice - you all know by now that I like Exalead a lot. They like it because of the functionality and information available on the results page.
Last suggestion is Snap. Mainly because you get the results on the left hand side and the pages displayed on the right. Great, but Exalead offers this, and Snap is powered by Google, so I don't really see the value of this particular suggestion.
An interesting collection, but what really interests me here is not so much which engines they've chosen but the fact that they have. I'm beginning to sense that we're seeing a bit more of a groundswell against Google - not specifically because it's done anything *wrong* per se - this isn't a backlash, but more because it's not doing enough *right* things. There are very few things that Google is doing which are that much better than anyone else, but it's coming a close second across the board in a lot of them, which is still good enough for most people. But for how long, I wonder?