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StumbleUpon say they help you easily discover new and interesting things from every corner of the Web. As you Stumble through great web pages, you tell them whether you Like or Dislike their recommendations. They’ll show you web pages based on that feedback as well as what similar Stumblers and the people you follow have Liked or Disliked.

Qwiki claims to be the first to turn information into an experience. Just because data is stored by machines doesn’t mean it should be presented as a machine-readable list. Think of asking your favorite teacher about Leonardo Da Vinci, or your most well-traveled friend about Buenos Aires: this is the experience Qwiki will eventually deliver, on demand, wherever you are in the world… on whatever device you’re using. Currently, Qwiki's technology has been applied to describe millions of popular topics - but soon we'll do much more.

Web search tools

  • AllTheWeb provided by Yahoo!
  • Alta vista
  • Bing, formerly known as MSN search or Live search
  • Blekko introduces slashtag search. Slashtags search only the sites you want and cut out the spam sites. You may use your own slashtags to slash in what you want and slash out what you don't.
  • DuckDuckGo claims to give results with less garbage and better results. They omitted 50 million spam domains from results.
  • Exalead gives search results with web icons.
  • Google
  • Hakia hakia is a general purpose "semantic" search engine. Hakia claims that their semantic technology provides a new search experience that is focused on quality, not popularity. Hakia’s search results satisfy three criteria simultaneously: They (1) come from credible Web sites recommended by librarians, (2) represent the most recent information available, and (3) remain relevant to the query.
  • Intute Engineering helps you to find the best websites for study and research.
  • Lycos
  • Mugurdy launched its public beta in July 2009. In addition to textual results of search queries it shows a screenshot of each webpage.
  • NoodleTools provides software that teaches students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the research process.
  • Yahoo
  • Yebol - Knowledge based smart tool (beta site)


  • Addictomatic searches the live sites on the web for the latest news, blog posts, videos and images.
  • Bestsearch (beta site)
  • Browsys lets you switch between searching Bing, Twitter, Google, and others
  • Yippi clusters the search results to help you find results faster (formerly known as Clusty)
  • Dogpile
  • Ixquick does not store your IP-address. Ranks results with stars
  • Mamma
  • Metacrawler
  • sends the search query to several search engines at one time and integrates the results into one list which has been sorted by relevance using their own proprietary algorithm. The list of search engines included in the metasearch can be customized.
  • SurfWax claims to help you to get grip on information -- providing the "best use" of relevant search results. SurfWax's design makes searching a "visual process".

Collaborative search

Bestsearch (beta site) is a meta search engine that can be used collaboratively by making a team account and add evaluations and comments at the search results.

Googles +1-button is shorthand for "you should check this out." You may click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1's can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search. BUT in order to +1 things, you first need a public Google profile.

Swicki. Eurekster allows you to build a custom search portal, or “swicki,” around any topic of your choice. A swicki called "Web based Industrial Design Engineering tools" has been created.

Rollyo offers the ability to search the content of a list of specified websites, allowing you to narrow down the results to pages from websites that you already know and trust. In other words, you can create search engines using the sources you trust.

Qyo searches the web, and your social network to see what friends, family, coworkers are looking for. You have to register first.

Visual search engines

  • eyePlorer (beta), a graphical knowledge engine
  • Middlespot - A Middlespot mashtab is a place to collect and visually manage your digital content, access your content from a browser, and share your collections with those you want. Middlespot mashtabs let you add search results, webpages, embeddable widgets, images from the web or documents, music, videos, pictures from your computer and combine it all in a workspace.
  • Nexplore
  • Oskope
  • Quintura, while viewing the Quintura Cloud, you can visually navigate and refine in order to find relevant information.
  • Redz 2.0 gives you a choice of up to 100 results which you can zip through real fast, dragging with your cursor and mouse. The Web sites are the results instead of plain text.
  • Search-cube (powered by Google) presents web search results in a three-dimensional cube interface. It shows previews of up to ninety-six websites, videos and images.
  • Touchgraph Google Browser reveals the network of connectivity between websites, as reported by Google's database of related sites. It lets you play with a jumble of balls being the search results.
  • WebBrain
  • Ziipa, their goal is to showcase the best Web 2.0 websites, start-ups and applications.

Web directories

Search sites chosen by human editors

  • dmoz Open Directory Project is a human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
  • Gigablast
  • Google Directory and Product Design at Google Directory
  • JoeAnt is a community where every editor has the opportunity to make a difference by finding and adding the best sites in their chosen topics. They provide a directory of quality sites for Internet users. Their goal is to list the best sites for a wide variety of topics.

Focussed search engines

  • MoreInspiration for browsing innovations.
  • ISI the web of knowledge for finding scientific publications
  • Scirus for scientific information only
  • is a place on the web to find and share audio and video recordings of spoken-word events and programs. is a directory and search engine of programs published elsewhere on the Web and submitted to our database by anyone.
  • The WayBack Machine lets you browse through web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.

Answers questions

  • is an online neighborhood of hundreds of helpful experts willing to share their knowledge with visitors.
  • WolframAlpha is a computational knowledge engine. The site is an attempt to search by understanding people's questions and answering them directly. According to its creator, the system understands questions that users input and then calculates the answers based on its mathematical and scientific engine. So if you want to know the distance to Venus for example, you may try this one. It claims to answer questions; do math; instantly get facts, calculators, unit conversions, and real-time quantitative data and statistics; create plots and visualizations; and access vast scientific, technical, chemical, medical, health, business, financial, weather, geographic, dictionary, calendar, reference, and general knowledge—and much more.

Smart search engines

  • Hakia a semantic search engine. Here they explain the 10 points of differentiation from keyword indexing
  • DeeperWeb Search (powered by Google) is a free search engine tool that allows navigating through search results by employing Tag Cloud techniques. Also Topic-mapping techniques are included.
  • Blekko slashtag search. Blekko search the web by using slashtags. Slashtags search only the sites you want and cut out the spam sites. use friends, experts, community or your own slashtags to slash in what you want and slash out what you don't. Video for explanation of the slash tags.


  • Google maps, Google earth, Google desktop, etc.
  • iGoogle
iGoogle offers a way to collect those Web sites that you visit more frequently so that you could go to a single location on the Web to access all of them at once. iGoogle is a free aggregator or portal Web service.

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Image search tools

MUFIN stands for Multi-Feature Indexing Network (MUFIN) and it's goal is to develop a general purpose technology solution to the problem of searching in various and very large databases. It lets you search in 100 million Flickr images to find visual similar pictures. The starting point is a key word or a random image.

Designspiration provides a diverse selection of high quality, user-submitted images as a means of sharing inspiration. The site is equipped with some search utilities.

Object retrieval

Search specific file type

To find specific types of files, you may limit the search query to such filetype. Google and many other search engines provide an "advanced search" in which you may specify the file type:

Multimodal object retrieval

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YouTube visualization of i-Search.

See the Home page of i-Search.

"The I-SEARCH project aims to provide a novel unified framework for multimodal content indexing, sharing, search and retrieval. The I-SEARCH framework will be able to handle specific types of multimedia and multimodal content (text, 2D image, sketch, video, 3D objects and audio) alongside with real world information, which can be used as queries and retrieve any available relevant content of any of the aforementioned types."

Rob Fergus
Rob Fergus' tutorial at ICML 2008, Helsinki, Finland.
Anuj Srivastava
A link to the slides (pdf) of the talk of Anuj Srivastava on "Statistical Analysis of Shapes of 3D Objects for Retrieval, Recognition and Classification". He was the invited talker for the keynote address at the International Workshop on 3D Object Retrieval , 25-29 October 2010, Firenze, Italy.
TRENDS project stopped renewing the site in 2008
The TRENDS project is a project funded within the Information Society Technologies (IST) Priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Commission. TRENDS’ goal is the achievement of an interactive software for the elaboration of design trend boards dedicated to product designers in B to C markets such as for the automotive and original equipment manufacturers.
TRENDS let the designers extract the essential information from the current product trends. Colors, texture, shape, can then be integrated into a design project.
Paper about TRENDS: A KANSEI BASED IMAGE RETRIEVAL SYSTEM BASED ON THE CONJOINT TRENDS ANALYSIS METHOD by Carole Bouchard, Jean Francois Omhover, Céline Mougenot, and Ameziane Aoussat.
Demonstration video of TRENDS.
TRENDS functionalities

Lists to find more search tools

Points of interest

First links in a results list

  • How Google works by PPCBlog
  • SEO (e.g. 5 guidelines on
  • many links make your site "important" for some search engines
  • some have a blacklist
  • some use a "death penalty"
  • privacy issues


  • Check the reliability of a source (author) and or start at a reliable site. A reliable site has been created and maintained by a professional institute, e.g. a university, library, museum or archive or a blog of an expert. Beware, not all information on a reliable site is good information. Facts and sources might have become outdated. However, a good guideline is that at these reliable web sites you will usually find the best information to start with.
  • Check the date of writing


  • 10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is a snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. It also offers an archive of all the snapshots.


  • Kartoo and Ujiko are not available anymore. However, Kartoo has changed the name in knowhow and can be accessed but is not ready for use yet: Kartoo -> Knowhow
  • Vivisimo sells a search product and the available search engine is Clusty
  • MSN search became Live search and is now Bing
  • Teoma is now
  • Wisenut starts with a Korean home page
  • Excite has annoying moving things and messages at the home page
  • AOL search is enhanced by Google
  • Cuil ( ended in September 2010. It claimed to search more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.
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