Kagi is the First Good Alternative to Google

March 21, 2023

A friend recommended I try Kagi and I am impressed. I have previously tried search engines like Bing and DuckDuckGo and have found them lacking. I have always returned to Google. I am not feeling the same pull with Kagi.

Why It Matters

It has been a while since a real competitor to Google has emerged. Given the decline in quality of Google search results, it is frustrating. Maybe Kagi’s features will push innovation in this otherwise dead space.

What Kagi Has

  • Its own search result database.
    • Our searching includes anonymized requests to traditional search indexes like Google and Bing and vertical sources like Wikipedia, DeepL, and other APIs. We also have our own non-commercial index (Teclis), news index (TinyGem), and an AI for instant answers.
  • The ability to up or downvote sites in results.
  • Lenses to customize your results.

The Downsides

  • Including Google and Bing results seems like a risk. If Kagi’s results heavily rely on these, it could rapidly decline if Google figures out how to block these.
  • You get 100 searches for free then have to pay for it. Yet another monthly subscription.
  • There is no way to submit sites to their own index for crawling.

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