Meta and Multi Search Engines

The first meta search engine I used (several years ago) was Dogpile.  At the time, it displayed results from different search engines (about seventeen, as I recall) separately with maybe five results from each and a link to the rest.  By the time I got to the last search engine in the list, the results had usually timed out.

Since then, most meta search engines that I’ve used have combined the results into one list, using how often and how high each site appeared in the results from the various search engines to determine its ranking in the meta search engine.  Recently, some meta search engines have gone back to the original method of displaying results:  by source.  This method is not nearly as useful as combining the search results and ranking them.

I’ve decided to call the second type multi search engines as opposed to meta search engines, which combine the results.  I’ve put together a list of 73 meta and multi search engines and designated them as either or both:

Search Engine

Meta

Multi

AcademicIndex.net

X

AllPlus

X

Agent 55

X

Atnio

X

BigSearcher

X

bingle

X

Carrot Clustering Engine

X

Clusty

X

CurryGuide.com

X

Dogpile

X

Draze

X

Federated Query Server*
Findelio

X

FinQoo*
FuzzFind

X

Gajeebo

X

Gnome

X

X

GrabAll

X

iBoogie

X

InCrawler***
Info.com

X

Ithaki

X

Ixquick

X

jux2

X

Kartoo

X

Katapulco.com

X

X

Kedrix

X

kickfly

X

KillerInfo****
LeapFish

X

Limmz

X

MalaMata.com

X

Mamma

X

MelZoo

X

Metacca

X

MetaCrawler

X

X

metaEureka

X

MetaStrike

X

Monster Crawler

X

Myriad Search

X

Onimeta

X

Own Mine Metasearch

X

OxySearch

X

Pandia Metasearch

X

PerfectSE

X

PolyMeta

X

qksearch

X

X

QuadSearch

X

Scour

X

Search.com

X

Search.io

X

Searchmaze

X

SearchBoth.com

X

Searchsalad

X

searchy.com

X

SniperPoint

X

Soovle

X

SortFix

X

Stream City

X

SurfWax

X

TripleMe

X

Triplify

X

TurboScout

X

Viewzi

X

VROOSH!

X

Wbsearch*
Webfetch

X

Widexplorer

X

XSEARCH Clustering

X

Yooci

X

ZapMeta

X

Zuula

X

Zworks

X

* The links to Federated Query Server and Wbsearch are currently not working.
** FinQoo is currently not working.
*** InCrawler appears to be only a directory not a meta search engine.
**** KillerInfo is currently being rebuilt.

You can find the updated list on my 4R x T Wetpaint wiki.

One response to “Meta and Multi Search Engines

  1. hi Elizabeth! Thanks for the link to search.kickfly.com. What’s interesting to me is how your distinction of ‘meta’ versus ‘multi’ might also be applied to the latest generation of Twitter search engines.

    BTW, I saw that you have an interest in SecondLife. Please take a look at http://www.kickfly.com, which is a 3D Web scene builder for photos. It’s designed for any Web user. We’re working on the finding the right balance between ‘functionality’ and ‘ease of use’, which is quite tricky. Would love to hear your comments.

    I enjoy reading your blog!
    Joel