The Interpreter’s house 5: Search engine comparison – Search Engine Comparison
Zhang Zihan S3463046
Before I came to RMIT I worked as a journalist for about two years and one of the most important skills for being a journalist is the mastery of search engine. I used to be proud of my search skills as a Chinese journalist, as Google is still semi-banned from visiting the Great Fire Wall invited by Dr Fang Bingxing and not much Chinese are used to use it.
“Site: XXX” is my favorite command for searching certain content within a specific website, while “XXX(target name).YYY(filetype)” is my favorite command especially for searching contact details! Because Chinese governmental officials and companies do not like putting their contact details directly on websites, but doc or pdf files which contain these information are always available. From my personal experience Google is better than any search engine in this.
Also, when I tried to search my name Zhang Zihan in English in Google, it put my Facebook page at the top of the page, while Duckduckgo put my LinkdIn at the top of the page. While when I tried to search my name in Chinese, 张紫函 in Google, most result turned out to be Chen Zihan, a Chinese actress who has same surname like me. Similar thing occurs to Duckduckgo, but Duckduckgo managed to put link to my Chinese social network page at the top of the results.
Instagrok is another thing I’ve never heard of before I came to Australia. Unlike other search engine, Instagrok not only provides search results but also analyzes and visualizes the connections among them.
As Instagrok itself claimed, this is especially helpful for teachers and students when doing academic research. But analyzing and visualizing also takes time, if you want to search something on Instagrok, usually you have to wait much longer time before the results come out. Also, unlike Google and Duckduckgo, Instagrok does not provide multi-language service, only English can be used.