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Where do our search results come from? Find out on the Search Engine Map.

Independent search engine Mojeek launches ‘the Search Engine Map’ with surprising findings on the differences of search engines and their dependency on largely one engine.

Brighton, England  ()

The world of search has dramatically changed over the years, with a certain few search engines now dominating the field, some disappearing altogether and other alternatives making themselves heard. The Search Engine Map, created by the team behind Mojeek, collects all English speaking search engines in one place in the form of an interactive network graph. This data visualisation tool informs viewers how they are all connected, how to differentiate crawler-based search engines from metasearch engines and what specific engines the metasearch engines receive their organic results from.

Marc Smith, founder of Mojeek said “the incentive for creating the Search Engine Map came from two questions we always get asked: ‘what type of search engine are you?’ and ‘what’s the difference between them all?’ So we thought it would be helpful to create this site to answer these questions, as well as offering some findings of what makes up the search industry which might surprise viewers.”

In the current state of the search industry Google now controls approximately 78% of the global market share.(1) There have been alternatives entering the search industry attempting take a bit of the market share and some who offer something the search giants don’t, such as privacy, leading to the rise of non-tracking search engines.(2) As well as including information on all of these alternatives, the Search Engine Map draws attention to how most are reliant on the organic results of a certain few search engines, almost always Bing. This indicates that the information searchers receive is only coming from a small handful of sources.

"Although metasearch engines do add value, for example by providing a layer of privacy or by combining the results from multiple search engines, they're still reliant on a third party’s index and algorithms and potentially all the biases that may come with that. So it’s important alternative choices exist, but it’s just as important that these alternatives do things differently.” Marc Smith continues “This is why we’re building Mojeek, a search engine with it’s own algorithm and index of web pages. We don’t rely on any other search engine for our results, we’re completely independent.”

To learn more, head over to the Search Engine Map website which is available to view now. The partnering infographic which goes into further detail about the search engines, such as sections for privacy and ethical search engines, breaking down what’s on a search results page and much more is also available for download.


About Mojeek

Mojeek Limited is a UK software development company specialising in web search technology, specifically the search engine Mojeek which focuses on providing users with an unbiased and independent search service free from user tracking.



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