Carol@mirror.Co.Uk: The New Seekers; Engines Go in Search of Beckham

The Mirror (London, England), March 5, 2004 | Go to article overview

Carol@mirror.Co.Uk: The New Seekers; Engines Go in Search of Beckham


Byline: CHRIS PRICE

WITH around 3.6billion websites to choose from, it can feel as though you've won the league when you finally find what you want.

Fortunately, search engines can tackle much of the donkey work for you.

To find out how they scored, we tested six of the best by typing in the name David Beckham, checking how many entries were returned, their features and ease of use, then rated them out of five.

GOOGLE

(www.google. com)

David Beckham search: 769,000.

Features: Huge database (more than three billion indexed pages). Includes separate news and images search, plus a free translation service for Euro pages. A downloadable toolbar lets you search the database directly from your web browser.

Tips: Limit search to 10-word maximum. Use "search within results" to fine-tune. Advanced option lets you make complex searches more easily while the "I'm Feeling Lucky" option takes you to the first site returned for your query (ie www.beckham magazine.com).

Verdict: The top engine.

YAHOO

(www.yahoo.com)

David Beckham search: 1,050,000.

Features: Home page packed full of news and travel information.

Can do a full web search or find listings from one of hundreds of categories.

Tips: With such a large database it's best to use www. yahoo.co.uk for UK-based searches. Click on "product" search option if you want merchandise.

Verdict: Comprehensive but the home page is crowded.

BBC

(www.bbc.co.uk)

David Beckham search: 179,442.

Features: Advert-free, divided into three sections - results from all of BBC, BBC News and all of the web..

Tips: Toggle between each section for specific searches.

Verdict: Excellent engine for UK content, though limited for advanced web users.

ALTAVISTA

(www.altavista.com)

David Beckham search: 182,631.

Features: Large database (but smaller than Google or AllTheWeb). …

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