Searching for Perfection

Google's still great, but newer search engines make finding things on the Web easier--and more fun

First came flirtation, then excitement and infatuation. Finally, like millions of lost souls longing for a search engine to love, I settled into a committed relationship with the best on the Web: Google. But after a few years of going steady, I was getting bored. I still loved Google, and I admired how it had improved with age, adding vast collections of newsgroup archives, photos and PDF files. Google had long since outpaced old rivals like Altavista and Lycos. While MSN's popular search feature works well, other Web powerhouses like Yahoo and AOL have adopted Google as their built-in search engine....

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