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The Top Ten Search Engines of 2010

Search engines that provided a consistently excellent user experience

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Here at About Web Search, we've looked at a lot of search engines; some really good search engines, and some not so good.

However, this list focuses on the best search engines of 2010, according to the following criteria:

  • Consistently relevant search results
  • Quick, efficient retrieval of information
  • Overall positive user experience
  • "Extra" features, such as advanced search, related questions.

These top ten search engines of 2010 stood out above the rest of the search engine pack, delivering a consistently excellent search experience. Don't see your favorite search engine? Share your opinion with About.com.

2. Hipmunk

Hipmunk burst onto the scene in 2010, getting a lot of well-deserved attention for its innovative travel search options and relevant results.

3. Blekko

Blekko is a relative newcomer to the search engine scene, debuting to the public in late 2010. However, with its innovative "slashtag" search filters that lets users put their own unique spin on search results, Blekko is sure to gain even more fans.

4. USA.gov

USA.gov serves as the gateway to vast storehouses of information in the United States government databases. It's a great jumping-off point that can help searchers find the needle they're looking for in an increasingly large data haystack.

5. NachoFoto

There are a lot of great image search engines on the Web, and a ton of superb free image resources. However, NachoFoto stands out because it searches for images in real-time that are intrinsically connected to events and topics that are currently trending.

6. SearchTempest

You can do a lot of things with Craigslist, but until recently, it was difficult to search Craigslist in more than one geographic location at a time. SearchTempest takes care of this problem with an attractive interface, easy to use search controls, and extremely relevant results.

7. Yummly

There are no shortage of really good recipe search engines on the Web, but Yummly manages to stand out with its sheer number of returned results and creative search filters that do anything from discover new recipes with your favorite ingredients to kick out recipes that pose possible food allergy issues.

8. Wolfram Alpha

While technically Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine, per se, it does retrieve specific, vetted information for searchers; anything from Mathematics to Astronomy to Cultural Events.

9. TinEye

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can use TinEye to see where an image originally came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. It's a very specific search engine with a very specific purpose, and it fills its chosen niche exceptionally well.

10. Tag Galaxy

If you've ever had the inclination to see your search results in a different way, then visual search engines are the way to go. One of the best in this very competitive field is Tag Galaxy, a gorgeously rendered search engine that presents results within a universe theme that is a pleasure to watch and play with.

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