I got to thinking about inertia and how it influences the way we see the world and the products we use. Here's an anecdote: during the Iraq war, like many Europeans, I boycotted some American products (this was not an attack on ordinary Americans, just my expression of distaste at the way some corps were supporting war - most of those corps made their stuff in Europe and elsewhere outside of the US).
Anyway - it turned out to be a useful exercise in exploring brand quality. I found that my boycott of Coca-cola and Colgate lasted about a day. All the substitutes were dreadful, and I couldn't bear them. However, I found it very easy to move from Ariel washing powder to Persil - Persil washed better. Same thing with washing up liquid. Fairy didn't do as good a job as Persil liquid.
The point is - I would never have found out that Persil made such good products, or that Colgate really were the best if I hadn't moved out of my state of inertia and tried new things.
The same thing applies to search engines. Google really was the best back in 2000, but is it the best now or are we assuming that because of inertia?
It's easy to try another search engine for the day - if you use the Chrome browser, just click on tools, and on manage search engines and set a new engine as a default.
Here are some search engines to try:
Please post your experiences with each engine, and recommend engines I haven't listed that you like.
My feeling is that what suits one person will not suit another, because we all search so differently.
So far I have tried Blekko - and went screaming back to Google within two hours. Am currently trying Yandex and am pleasantly surprised by the results so far though I think the look of their results page is a bit out of date. It's funny how the look of an engine influences you - I never thought it did, but it does!
P.S. As this is not a google-bashing thread, don't post any anti-google rants!