A recent study by wwwmetrics
confirms what very active web surfers have suspected for a long time--search
engines are falling behind in indexing the entire web.
According to their study, "Search engine coverage has decreased
substantially since December 97, with no engine indexing more than
about 16% of the web."
Theinfo.com is about options. Rather than depending on any one web
site to find information, use
this site to
compensate for the shortcomings any one site.
- No single general search engine indexes more than 16% of the
Use theinfo.com to easily search on multiple sites to
compensate for the shortcomings of web coverage on any single search
engine. For example, the information that you seek might only be
available from searching Northern Light, and not on Altavista, Hotbot,
Excite, or Lycos.
- Target your search to specialized topics
Use theinfo.com to search multiple specialized sites at the same time.
This is a much more effective way to search for information than using
general search sites on the
for two reasons. First, most of the content to be
found on specialized sites used by theinfo.com (example:
Muze) is stored in databases and is not
available from search engines like Altavista. Second, by
targeting specialized sites, you eliminate most of the unwanted
output of search engines.
See top of each page for a list of specialized search topics.
Search engines rank results differently
Sometimes the information you're looking for is buried inside several
pages of search results in one search engine, while another search
engine has this information on its first results page. You can use
this site to quickly scan the top results pages of many search
engines. Perhaps what you're looking for is ranked near the top of
one of the search engines.
- Compare prices
It's almost always to your advantage to shop around.
Shopping online is no exception. This site makes it easy and quick to
check prices on competing web sites for the same item. Just as in the
physical world, prices for merchandise can vary a great deal between
online sites. In other cases, you may find that many online stores
have exactly the same prices, but the availability of the item
is different. You may find that sites have identical or nearly
identical prices and availability, but the shipping and/or sales tax
charges vary. In the future this site will provide shipping and sales
tax information for the online retailers listed, so you can estimate
your shipping and sales tax charges in advance. Contact
us if you would like us to add another online store or shopping category.
- Just can't get enough information
If you're an information addict, or just want as much information
as you can get about a particular topic, theinfo.com makes it easy to dig
deep in the web, by providing many options for your search.
Why would anyone want to search more than one site? The internet is
already full of too much information--I'm trying to escape from
We don't recommend that you use this site every time you search the internet,
just when it makes sense. On this page we give some reasons when it makes
sense to use theinfo.com. Think of this site as a useful tool.
Why not just use a meta-search engine?
Meta-search engines compile search results from several different
engines into one results page
We've found that using meta-search engines don't give same kind
of freedom as theinfo.com. We encourage you to experiment with theinfo.com
and with meta-search engines to develop a sense of which tool is best
for the job.
Browsing versus Searching
This site is a tool for people who know what they are looking for,
and would like to actively search for it. If you are interested in
browsing the internet, not looking for anything in particular,
you'd be better off not using this site.
Theinfo.com has just begun. It will continue to grow.
If you have ideas for new sites to be searched, or whole new search categories,
contact us. We welcome any
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