I do not know whether you know it, but ...
There is more than just Google in the World Wide Web. It is hard to imagine that we forget Google and start our search with a new search engine. Maybe you’ve read my post about bing.com by Microsoft ( http://ux4dotcom.blogspot.com/2009/06/new-search-engine-bingcom-by-ms.html ).
Since a few days there is the beta version of Spezify available. Spezify is a new search engine with a unique graphical interface.
Spezify is a visual search engine that collects search results, arranges them on a virtual desktop.
It collects search results from different sources (Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay, …) in different media formats (e.g. images, text, video, Twitter messages, Flickr images, quotes, wikipedia articles, ...), arranges them on a desktop and allows one to drag it around as an large collage.
It’s an interesting approach – it’s not the Holy Grail but it has the potential to be “more”.
Wolfram Alpha took also a new step in Ssearch engine industry. Wolframalpha.com is very different from Google and other search engines.
I have been searching on Wolframalpha.com since a few days, I am very much amazed with the way they are providing results. But over and over again I have been frustrated when I have start searching for other generalized keywords – sometimes the results were OK but more often not so much.
Google is always experimenting with new features aimed at improving the search experience ( google.com/experimental ).
I think you all know Google launched new search options and filters to view results in a new way.
From my point of view the most considerable improvement are the rich snippets.
If you are interested in other search engines – You’ll find a list at the end of this blog post.