Volume 8, Number 3 March 2000
Gotta catch 'em all: metasearching the Web
by Irene E. McDermott
INTERNET EXPRESS column discusses a search that started while
looking for certain Pokemon characters that had gone out of
production. Says that the search was a struggle, and if it is this
difficult to find a toy, how much more difficult it must be to
locate the pearls of information that could help a business or save
a life. Notes that Web sites that access several search engines from
one place have been around for awhile and are improving. Offers a
list of metasearch sites such as SavvySearch, which it calls the
best metacrawler on the open Web. Also lists three freeware programs
that allow users to search many engines at once. Compares the two
types of search tools, and says that the program allows custom
searches, and the results tend to be more complete. However, says
that SavvySearch combines the speed of a site-based search with the
customizability of the programs.
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