January 19, 2011
This week I asked my Twitter followers:
++Is there a viable alternative to Google?++
Here's how they replied:
DougFressh: Libraries and phone books?!
netmeg: For search? No. For traffic & marketing? Sure.
yankeerudy: "Not yet" for search but "most definitely" for PPC advertising.
karlribas: An alternative? No.
semdave: I like Bing a lot now. Results are improving.
Emma_Lee1: Not yet.
SebastianX: Google.com without the "www" crap. Or maybe local top-level domains (TLDs) and custom search engines powered by Google?
dsm_llc: "Alternative," yes. "Viable," not so much.
RuudHein: I have no problem with Bing. Really. Often like the look & feel of it a lot better than Google.
blinkseo: I've been using Blekko more and more. Their backlink stuff is excellent.
rehor: I've played around with Blekko. I think it needs to mature but it could develop very nicely.
aldigital: Bing is a viable search engine - no real discernible impact from using it personally.
ejwestksu: For whom? Businesses absolutely need a Google presence. But most users could still live normal internet lives with Bing, et al.
wendychamier: For search, no I don't think so, not at the moment anyway. Facebook is not all encompassing enough - Bing is coming on though!
JohnSerra: My guess: No
Rippletowave: Probably, but life's too busy to look for one.
Jill's comment: These responses explain how Google can get away with sucking all the way to the bank!
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