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And what search engine do you use?

From Wired:

Internet users are doing far fewer searches for sex and pornography and more for e-commerce and business than they were seven years ago, University of Pittsburgh and Penn State researchers say in a new book.

"Twenty percent of all searching was sex-related back in 1997; now it's about 5 percent," said Amanda Spink, the University of Pittsburgh professor who co-authored Web Search: Public Searching of the Web with Penn State professor Bernard J. Jansen.

"It's a little bit more in Europe, 8 to 10 percent, but in comparison to everything else, it's a very small percent," Spink said. "People are using (the web) more as an everyday tool rather than as just an entertainment medium."

Experts aren't surprised by the results.

"They're not getting excited about using the internet anymore," Barry Wellman, a University of Toronto cyberspace researcher, said of the findings. "Remember when cars came out, and people would say, 'Wow, we're going for a ride today!' Now they just go for a ride."

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I use Google, mainly. I look for all sorts of things. Currently, I'm searching extensively for information on various types of second-hand cars, their specifications, and price.
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Bill Sikes wrote: I use Google, mainly. I look for all sorts of things. Currently, I'm searching extensively for information on various types of second-hand cars, their specifications, and price.


Me too. Google is the best search engine for me. I have discovered, however, www.about.com. I've found myself reading pretty good information there on a more regular basis.

Regarding your car, how about something practical like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... egory=6168
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I also use Google most of the time. I use a lot of university libraries, as well as government websites.



I research things for my job from organizing my day (fat chance!) to keeping current with the latest accounting rules that affect my job.



I also do lots of research for school. I'm taking a truly horrible biology class right now, and I've had to search for lots of things I never really wanted to know. :p



When I get free time, I hunt for interesting articles on positive things happening in the world, for new info about my hobbies, and I prowl at www.half.ebay.com for used books. I also "window shop" for things I'd like to get eventually...like new cookware, a serger, or a shower curtain that actually fits my tub.
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I use google and look up a lot of health related articles such as alzheimers, arthritis, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. If I get really bored, I'll just type in random words and see what comes up.
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Peg wrote: If I get really bored, I'll just type in random words and see what comes up.


Gosh, you must get really, really bored! You could try playing "tinyurl roulette"

for a change.
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Hmmm.. I use ixquick.com for all my searches.. and usually just kinda look around. No real specific topics
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Tombstone wrote: And what search engine do you use?..........


I use Google and am quite sarisfied with search results.

I search for any information related to management, health, consumer interests. In short any thing related to betterlife for people.
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greydeadhead wrote: Hmmm.. I use ixquick.com for all my searches.. and usually just kinda look around. No real specific topics


I tried it. It is good. Thanks.
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greydeadhead wrote: Hmmm.. I use ixquick.com for all my searches.. and usually just kinda look around. No real specific topics


ixquick.com? Cool! I have never heard of that one.
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Yep.. ixquick.com. Metasearch engine. couple reasons that I like it. Does a nice job weeding out the chaff. Rates your results... and the best feature.. atleast in my humble grey old mind.. when you click a result it opens in a new window. I like this feature because if the result is not what you are searching for close the window and you are return to your original search results.. couple other nice features but those are the basics.. Google is good.. I also have a couple of other pages I use if you is interested.. have a great weekend.. see ya on Monday... be well.... Grey
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I use Google, they have opened a branch in Dublin city for all EU member states.
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Google. It's definitely the best out there. I used to use Alta Vista. When I tried Google though, there was no going back.
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I have a standing search at eBay which posts me each time an item comes up that I'm looking for. It's a useful variant on searching by hand, I find.

I've switched from Microsoft's fast-indexed Windows Explorer search to the Yahoo Beta desktop search from http://desktop.yahoo.com - that's a neat product. I may switch permanently to a linux desktop over the summer, in which case I'll have to find an equivalent.

I'm an ex-AltaVista Google-searcher too. Google's a good spur to the market, at the moment.

I use the catalog at http://bl.uk to search for books published, and http://www.abebooks.com to search for books on sale.
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I used HotorNot and found - very surprisingly a man who is my best friend. I think it was a weird way of Karma giving me something good in my life. I keep telling my family I was smoking crack the day I agreed to have him move here after 5 months of talking on the phone. Guess what - I'm happy and oiur relationship is very, very natural. SO go figure what happens in life
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I'm a Big Google Fan, partly because they are the best in my view and also out of loyalty, having bought their stock at $90 when they first went public. Paid for my Thailand trip.



I search just about everything you can think of, travel, finance, medical, history, statistics, politics.
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I've been using this new google scholar search engine:



http://www.scholar.google.com/

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
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