I am all for specialist search engines when you have a precise idea about what you are looking for. Firefox is my serious research browser and I have the search box outfitted with scads of different search engines. You know what they say about “the right tool for the right job” and all.
The Next Web has a great list of specialized search engines dedicated to ferreting out specific information. The categories range from flights and travel, to blogs, to people, to images, to fora, to music, to audio and video, to resources, to domain names, to icons, to private search, to similar websites and to some all around great engines that do the job better than the Big G. Some of my favs on their list that I use all the time:
Hipmunk for travel
IceRocket.com for blogs and social search
TinEye.com for reverse image search
123people.com for searching people and their related info
DuckDuckGo.com for private search the rids you of the ads
Blekko.com for targeted, curated search
Greplin.com for searching all my connected social apps, emails, and other content on my iPhone and on the desktop
Happy hunting and pecking!
Hardcore Gmail users will love this – Gmelius is a cross-browser extension that offers lots of options for customizing and improving your Gmail experience. First and foremost: Gmelius will allow you to excise the ads that show at the top of your inbox! Right now, it appears Gmelius has extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Opera – hopefully they will come to the aid of some of those other browsers soon.
Some of the other great features that are selectable within the extension include the ability to make the header auto-expandable, remove the People Widget, customize the navigation icons, add a row highlight, clear formatting from incoming emails to make them look-alike, add attachment icons for different types of docs such as Word or Powerpoint, disable the “consider including” box if you don’t want Gmail to suggest recipients to you, make the Google logo clickable (but watch out when you have multiple sign in’s activated), auto scroll to the top of your inbox when you click the black bar, and move email labels to the right in the inbox. In total, Gmelius is all about creating more space in the interface so that it becomes easier to work with your Gmail, definitely a good thing.
Gmelius insists that it will never access, read, store, alter or transmit your personal data. Gmelius code meets the latest Content Security Policy (CSP) recommendations, making sure its users can keep browsing the Web safely.
Gmelius is constantly updating the extension, with new features in settings shown with a “new” tag. Plus they appear committed to cleaning up bugs as quickly as possible.
The extension is free, but the developers ask for a donation. With the advent of Google Drive and an increase in storage size in your Gmail from 7 to 10 GB to celebrate, Gmelius offers yet another good reason to move your emailing activity to the Gmail cloud. Hope you enjoy this great new extension as much as I do.