The Google Craving!
It has been roughly 34 hours since I switched my default Firefox search engine from Google to Yahoo and I have been surprised about a couple of things:
- Change is Hard - Things look different and it is not what I am expecting. Even though the search results are not that different there are differences. I expect change, it is the one thing that does not seen to change, yet that has been the hardest part of switching the default search engine to Yahoo.
- New Results - Yahoo’s results are different and as a result I find new and interesting things that I have not found on Google. They have also been very relevant. In fact I was pleasantly surprised at how relevant the search results have been. I maybe should have been keeping track, but I have usually found what I was looking for or a good answer to a search in the first two pages.
- The Google Craving - I was on site at a clients today and I needed to find a quick answer to a technical problem. I opened the web browser and instantly typed in www.google.com in the address bar. Ah it got me. For some reason a great quote from one of my favourite movies ”So I Married an Axe Murderer” came to mind. Charlie Mackenzie: Dad, how can you hate “The Colonel”? Stuart Mackenzie: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass! The only way to beat an addiction is to do it one day at a time. Today the Google craving got me, but there is always tomorrow and the next day and the day after that.
Overall I have to say I have been impressed with Yahoo Search as my default search engine in Firefox. I have found the information I needed and had it quickly. I would even go so far to say that there were less spammy results in the Yahoo results, but I did not do any kind of comparison with Google, so it is strictly an off the top observation.