I'm late blogging tonight because I've spent most of the day running around, trying to complete my Christmas preparations. Finally -- the shopping is done, the cards are mailed, the gifts are wrapped and the baking is finished. From here on out, I'm coasting. When I stopped off at the library this afternoon, the librarian had a stack of new books waiting for me; I'm looking forward to diving into them.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had an article recently on vertical search engines: those search engines devoted to a particular segment of the search universe -- as opposed to the general purpose search engines that "rarely offer the vertical engines' precision or ability to sort and filter the results."
Here is a summary of the search engines the WSJ recommended:
TO FIND A BOOK, TRY: isbn.nu; BookFinder; RedLightGreen; or NetLibrary
TO FIND A JOB, TRY: Simply Hired; Indeed; or Yahoo HotJobs
TO FIND A HOUSE TO BUY OR RENT, TRY: Trulia; HomePages; Oodle
TO FIND AIRLINE FLIGHTS OR HOTELS, TRY: SideStep; Kayak; FareChase; or Mobissimo
TO FIND TECHNICAL INFORMATION, TRY: GlobalSpec (engineering); Scirus (science-related); IT.com (corporate information technology); or LawCrawler (legal-related)
TO FIND A PHONE NUMBER, POSTAL OR EMAIL ADDRESS, TRY: Argali White & Yellow (requires downloading free software)
TO FIND REFERENCE SOURCES, TRY: Answers.com (formerly known as GuruNet)
Here's hoping you're ready for Christmas, too, and can take a little time for yourself.