Searching the Web

Question 1

  1. Using Google
    1. 166,000,000 results.
    2. All the way into the tenth page of results, I was still getting relevant hits. I would guess that somewhere around 80% of the sites actually do relate to making web pages.
    3. Adding quotes to the search, I pulled in 24,500 results.
    4. The first several results are all very directly related to making web pages (moreso than without the quotes), but by around the third page of results, they start seeming less and less relevant. So, oddly enough, maybe about 75% of the results are related to making web pages.
  2. Using Bing
    1. 117,000,000 results.
    2. Same deal here. Pages and pages of relevant hits. Again, maybe 80% relevant.
    3. With quotes, 12,400 results.
    4. Less relevant results here than Google had. Maybe 60%.
  3. Using AltaVista
    1. I don't see the total results here
    2. Again, about 80% relevant
    3. With or without quotes, no result total
    4. Much less relevant results after the second page. Probably down around 40%.
  4. Using Duck Duck Go
    1. No results total, but there are definitely far fewer results. Less than 100!
    2. And they seem to be less relevant past about the first 10-15. I'd say 50% relevancy.
    3. No results total. Probably around 40 or 50 though.
    4. Despite the fewer results, relevancy actually seems to be up here. Something like 55-60%.
  5. Using BlowSearch
    1. 50 results.
    2. But close to 100% relevancy!
    3. 10 results.
    4. Definitely 100% relevancy.
  6. Using Kartoo
    1. Just 10 results.
    2. Only 6 of those 10 are relevant.
    3. With quotes, our class comes up as the first hit! And again, 10 results.
    4. Looks 100% relevant.

Question 2

  1. The number of hits are definitely not consistent across search engines.
  2. My guess is that part of the difference results from the number of users and the size of the servers that the engines use. Maybe because Google and Bing have the most users and the biggest servers, their engines can pull in more results.
  3. My current default search engine is Duck Duck Go because they don't collect my data. Sometimes I find that Bing and Google are better for searching images and videos. I might use BlowSearch or Kartoo when I'm looking for maximum relevancy from minimum results possible

Question 3

  1. It's kind of a search engine, but not really. More like a knowledge composition engine... or something.

Using Metasearch Sites

Question 4

  1. A metasearch engine enters user queries into several search engines and compiles the results into a single list.
  2. I tried both Dogpile and MetaCrawler (which redirected me to and found no results total on either. I'm not sure what "How are the matches organized?" means. Like most search engines, I can filter for "web," "images," "videos," etc., which is a kind of organization.
  3. Two of my results:

Question 5

  1. Again, no results total, and I'm still not sure what to do with the question about match organization.
  2. The hits seem to be significantly more relevant. It looks like the engine might recognize words like "learning" and tailor results accordingly. I can't really be sure though because, for whatever reason, the results disappear when I try to look past the first page.

Finding Multimedia Elements

Question 6

  1. Yes, Duck Duck Go does allow specific media searches.
  2. I can search for images and videos.
  3. I got 35 images of bananas.
  4. No warnings, disclaimers, etc. here.

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