Some people are loyal to a given search engine. They must use Yahoo, or they must use Google. There’s so many out there and we all use it daily. But do we really give much thought about what makes one search engine better than another?
THE HOTEL BOOKING DILEMMA
Anyone who’s ever tried to book an airline flight, hotel stay or rental car online knows that there are dozens of sites available to book through. And, of course, each one promises the best deal. Site A may have the best prices on certain chain hotels, Site B may have the better price on other hotels, Site C may not get you the best rate on a hotel but can beat competitors for rental cars. But unless you’re willing to do hours of research and comparison shopping, you may never know whether your “great deal” vacation saved you much money or not.
Search engines operate the same way. You go to yahoo, search for something, and back come the results. They look good, they’re all relevant to what you need. But what if you did that same search in Google? Chances are, you’d find even more returned results that would be of use to you. You can see where this is going. The search engines are just like the vacation sites. Unless you search everywhere, you may think you found the perfect results for your use, but there may be something better out there.
THE SOLUTION IS FOUNDED
Aaron Flin knew there just had to be a better way to do this and in 1995 he created Dogpile. There’s no need to explain to you what Dogpile is, it’s a search engine. But what makes it unique is that it compiles results from Yahoo, Google and other popular search engines and gives you the ability to not just guess that you have the best results, but to actually know that you have them all, because Dogpile’s looked for you. It’s called Metasearch technology.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL
When you look at the first page of returned results of a search on Dogpile, you are getting the most relevant results, across a broad assortment of engines, all listed in order of importance and relevance to your search. And you did it all with one search instead of going to 10 different sites.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Google. I don’t fault them for being large or successful and they are very good at what they do. But Dogpile just brings the potential of a search to a new level. Think about the number of searches you do in any day, or a week. On a small scale, the time saved by using Dogpile may not seem like much. But over time, this really adds up. If you’re an avid multi-tasker—aren’t well all these days– you’d not only be saving time in your searches, but the quality of what you’re searching for would be improved. This could easily have a positive effect on school projects, work needs or just everyday tasks that start with a simple search.
Dogpile could be a game changer. I’d love to hear what you think. Share this article with your friends on social media. Try out Dogpile for some of your searches today, comment below to tell me all about it.