What is Gigablast?Gigablast is a Web search engine with over 2 billion pages in its index. Gigablast offers fast service, relevant search query results, and a couple of pretty cool extra search features that are well worth your time.
Gigablast Home PageYou'll find that the Gigablast home page is clean and uncluttered, always my personal preference. In addition to the main search bar, you have available to you Directory and Travel Search. I'll get to those in a minute, but for right now, let's focus on the straight Web Search.
Gigablast SearchSearching with Gigablast is easy; just type in a query and go. My search for Halloween costume not only retrieved plenty of relevant results, but I also got spelling suggestions ("did you mean halloween costumes"), Giga Bits, Reference Pages, and Related Pages.
Gigablast Giga BitsGigablast's Giga Bits are "related topics dynamically generated on a per query basis." Basically, Gigablast is offering you search suggestions based on what your search query is, and for the most part, my Giga Bits were highly relevant and helped me think of more search concepts I could use to narrow down my search.
Gigablast Reference PagesYou might see Reference Pages on some of your search results pages; these are "sets of expert web sites which contain lists of links relevant to the query." Not all of the Reference Pages will be very reference-like; but for the most part this is a useful feature.
Gigablast Related PagesGigablast Related Pages are "related web sites which may not even include the query terms." Okay, this is a very, very interesting feature that I really got into. More about this feature from a Gigablast press release:
"Related Pages are highly relevant search results which do not necessarily contain the searcher's query terms. A lot of these related pages are never even returned by other search engines for that reason.," said Matt Wells, CEO & founder of Gigablast."
Gigablast Search Result FeaturesThe more time I spent with Gigablast, the more I was impressed. For instance, at the bottom of every search result, you'll see five unique items that most other search engines don't include: archived copy, stripped, older copies, indexed date, and modified date. Here's the scoop on these features:
- Archived Copy: This is a direct link to Gigablast's cached copy of the Web page.
- Stripped: Image-free copy of the page.
- Older Copies: Hard-coded link to Internet Archive's copy of that site's information.
- Indexed Date: Date that Gigablast's spiders last crawled that page.
- Modified Date: Date that page was actually modified by site owner.
This profile of Gigablast is continued on page two.