Google is the default search engine for most of us. But did you know that you can donate to charity through search engines, or even earn cryptocurrency by searching? Check out these great alternatives to Google.
You don’t need to quit Google cold-turkey or jump to any of these search engines immediately. The two can happily coexist, and you can choose when to use it. The idea is to try to get away from Google to discover features and results that you won’t see otherwise.
1. Mojeek (Web): search by emotion while remaining private
Everything that is published on the Internet elicits a lot of reactions. Mojeek, an alternative to the likes of Google, claims to be able to filter search results based on the opinion of Internet users on this link. And it works surprisingly well.
Five emotions are currently available: love, wow, haha, sad and angry.
Type in your keywords and click on the emoji to get search results that match the emotion. Click on another emoji and the results will change. It actually works and you might discover links that you wouldn’t find otherwise. I found the really cool and different way to browse search results.
Mojeek is also a full-featured web search engine, which means it uses its own results unlike most metasearch engines that repackage results from Google or some other search giant. It is also completely private, does not track its users and is proud to host its servers with an ecological partner.
The founders of the company carried out a vast AMA on Reddit , if you want to know more about their philosophy or their product.
2. Givero (Web): Fundraising for Good Causes Through Web Research
How great would it be if every time you searched the web for something the money went to a good cause instead of lining the pockets of a private company like Google or Microsoft? Well, that’s what Givero proposes to do.
Givero’s idea is similar to that of Ecosia and a few other charity-focused tech companies. How it works? Like Google or Bing, Givero generates revenue from advertising when you use it for research. But unlike the others, half of the advertising revenue generated by this research will be devoted to a charitable cause.
You can also choose the causes. This includes global organizations (Mozilla Foundation, WWF, Ocean Cleanup) and Danish local causes since this is a Denmark based website. Add a charity to your causes and your search advertising revenue will be diverted only to those causes.
3. Gibiru (Web): Uncensored and Privacy Protected Google Results
Love Google, but don’t like the way it invades your privacy? Gibiru may be the best way for you to see Google search results while protecting your privacy. And you’ll also see some of the results that Google might censor.
Considered an unfiltered private search engine, Gibiru claims to have a modified version of Google’s algorithm. So you will probably get the same results as on a Google search. In fact, the interface is a bit similar as well.
But there is a second tab called Uncensored. This tab displays links that you won’t see on Google or that would be embedded in the last pages. Be warned, some of them are a bit over there, and you have to wear a foil hat to click on them.
But, basically, Gibiru does a good job of protecting your identity during search queries. It uses 256-bit encryption for all searches and does not keep search logs. It does not store any cookies on your device and does not sell your data.
4. SearX (Web): Metasearch to get results from multiple search engines
Different search engines use different methods to find the best results. SearX is a privacy-friendly metasearch engine that aggregates results in one central page. It is based on open source software.
In the preferences , you can define the search engines you want to use.
These include popular giants like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo, as well as smaller names like Qwant and Startpage. In fact, you can choose specific engines for each type of search category, namely General, Files, Images, Map, Music, Videos, News, and Social media.
The About page says that SearX does not store any data, generate a profile about your behavior, share what you are looking for with any third party, and cannot be used to compromise you. Website choices are saved locally on your computer and you can delete all cookies in Preferences.
5. Preliminary research (Web): Earn Cryptocurrency Through Research
Presearch is a fun little search engine that lets you earn cryptocurrency with every search. This is called PRE tokens and doesn’t have much value at the moment. CoinMarketCap values a PRE token at $ 0.001. But hey, that’s something.
Each search gives you a few decimal places of PRE tokens, with a maximum of 32 searches per day giving the gain. Presearch tokens can be redeemed at an online store for items such as stickers and caps. But it might make more sense to stack them and use them to buy ad space on Presearch.
The search app itself is pretty cool though. It uses its own search engine by default, but you can add shortcuts to other services like Google, DuckDuckGo, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You can search their catalogs with one click.
Find what Google can’t
It’s surprising how many other search engines are out there. Ecosia, which plants trees around the world to offset the carbon footprint of your search results. There’s Yippy, which allows clubs to sort results into “groups” so you can find more links in the subcategory of what you’re looking for. And there are many more.