It sounds an interesting question. You see, i am kind of a "search-o-hopper" as i am testing various search engines. I dont trust google in general terms. My favorite search engine is metacrawler (http://www.metacrawler.com
) cause it combines results from different 'engines' (goole, yahoo, bing, ask).
is doing practically the same thing -their differences are only a matter of taste.
I can recommend also http://eu.ixquick.com/
. They are telling that they fully respect user's privacy.
The very last days, i came across various search engines and some of them look really promising. http://www.metaglossary.com/
which combines search results with dictionary /definitions.http://www.zuula.com/
an amazing amount of results from different sourceshttp://clusty.com/
So, my opinion is that they are really many search engines out there and its up to everyone to find out which of them matches his/her needs. Or, to use in parallel 2, 3 or more of them -his favorites and do not stuck in a single one.
PS: there are also /www.iconfinder.com/ and http://www.findsounds.com/
. Each of them very hand if you want to find for some reason an icon or a sound
PS2: This ecosia... i think it gets a position in my set of search engines. thanks for the recommendation...