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Google or Bing? Qrobe.it Combines Both in a Single Search Engine

One question I frequently hear is, “Which is better: Google or Bing?”.  I wrote an article awhile back about using blind search tests to compare results from Google and Bing, but most of the time I find that both sets of results are pretty useful.  If both search engines get you the information you were looking for, why stick to one exclusively?

Qrobe.it is a new search engine from Minnesota-based startup Striquent that combines both Google and Bing (and optionally Ask.com, but that’s not as exciting).  When you visit the site, you’ll see a design very similar to the minimalist look of Google.

Performing a search is quick and didn’t appear to take any longer than an individual search on either Google or Bing.  If you look at the bottom of a search listing you’ll see which search engine it was pulled from, and clicking the name takes you straight to the original search.  Clicking Peek will bring up the link in an overlay which is great for quickly verifying a result.

Clicking More on a search result brings up a great menu with tools like sharing/saving on social networks, verifying the link, URL shorteners, and translators.

Google and Bing results are enabled by default, and if you want to enable Ask.com results just click the corresponding box in the top right.

If you’re concerned about duplicate entries stemming from the use of multiple search engines, Qrobe.it seems to have it covered.  My search for “LOST season 6” yielded 75,000,000 results on Google, 35,200,000 results on Bing, and 40,360,000 results on Qrobe.it – which is a good indicator that the service is intelligently combining the results.

All of the usual search perks seem to be present in Qrobe.it such as “weather”, “define:”, and “movies”.

Qrobe.it also features combined image search and includes the great Peek feature which lets you quickly view the full-sized version of an image.

If you’re looking to take advantage on two of the most advanced search engines on the planet, Qrobe.it is definitely a search engine you should be using.  It might not support all of the features from both individual search engines, but it’s great for what you’re doing 90% of the time – searching for answers.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Think You’re Using the Best Search Engine? Try a Blind Search Test

google-bingWith Google and Bing both competing to be the most popular search engine on earth, perception can be more of a deciding factor than search results.  Bing (being the new kid in town) has made a particularly strong marketing attempt over the past month, but many people still prefer the simplicity and proven track record of Google.  So what if perception was taken out of the equation?

Blind Search allows you to perform a web search with Google, Bing, and Yahoo simultaneously and then lists the results together on one page.  One catch – the results have no branding or any way to identify where they originated.  A ‘Vote’ button appears at the top of each search column, allowing you to vote for the engine that you feel provided the best results.  Once you’ve voted, you’ll immediately find to your surprise (or horror) which search engine you selected.

This site might indeed make you question your search engine loyalty.  After performing a blind search for Techerator, I felt two search engines definitely provided better results than the third.  I was even surprised to find that after several searches, the engine that I thought was Google turned out to be Bing.

blindsearch-results

Over 500,000 votes have been cast to decide which search engine reigns supreme.  As of this writing, Google leads with 41%, Bing follows with 31%, and Yahoo trailing with 28%.  While these results provide a general idea of which search engine provides the best results, it should be noted that only the more tech-savvy web users probably participated in the survey.

Does this end the Google vs. Bing debate?  Not exactly. Even though search results play a huge role in which search engine is the best, things like design, user experience, and speed are still significant.

Were you surprised by the search engine you picked?  Has brand perception warped our opinion on how search engines perform?  Share your thoughts with us in the comments.