You can find almost anything on the Internet, but where do you go to do a web search? Google has been the dominant search engine for years, and sites like Yahoo or Bing are also popular options. These days, however, a lot of people are looking for a more personalized approach to finding information online.
One of the benefits of using a major search engine is that you’ll get hundreds of results for almost any topic. Even if you’re looking for something that is relatively obscure, chances are good you’ll find a large number of websites dedicated to that subject. While a long list of sites is very useful, sometimes it’s not quite what people are looking for.
Searching the web for information about products, attractions and services is becoming more of a community-based experience for many consumers. People are turning to sites where they can read advice and opinions from others who have already purchased or tried something that they’re interested in. For example, if you’re looking for a restaurant you may prefer to visit Yelp.com to find one that several diners have recommended instead of doing a standard engine search that would only provide you with a list of places where you could eat. A Google search may show you all the restaurants in a particular area, but other sites can actually help you decide which one you want based on reviews from people who have eaten there.
Internet-users are helping each other make better decisions about places to go, products to buy, or things to do. Looking for a good movie? Then a site that provides a directory of everything currently playing may not be as useful as Rotten Tomatoes, where individuals can give their opinions about any film. If you’re interested in a particular product, you could be inclined to visit Amazon.com or ConsumerReview.com to see which brands have received positive or negative commentaries from the public. You can even find out which hotels other travelers preferred at TravelPost.com.
Another way people are fine-tuning their online search process is by using Social Networking sites to ask for opinions from friends and family. You can post blogs, bulletins and comments requesting feedback on any subject from a group of people you actually know. It gives the experience a more personal touch, and helps you make a more educated decision.
Does this mean large search engine sites are destined to become extinct? Certainly not – the type of website you’ll use to look for information will depend on exactly what you’re hoping to find. If you’re researching a specific topic, a list of sites that cover your theme is exactly what you need. Many sites like Google, Yahoo and Bing are also regularly adding new features to help you personalize your search results, and give you exactly what you’re looking for.
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