Sometimes it is hard to forget that there are thousands and thousands of search engines beyond the big ones we are mostly aware of like Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live Search, Ask.com etc. If you ask people, maybe if they are 'in the know' might call out ChaCha, Mahalo, or Hakia but most likely those will only sound like exotic gelato flavors to them.
For almost a year, the AltSearchEngines blog - member of the Read/WriteWeb blog network- has been covering hundreds of alternative / niche search engines and it is one of the places i go to to get the 'scoop'.
Charles Knight is an industry analyst and Editor of AltSearchEngines. From their About Page: "While the editorial attitude will not be “anti-Google”, it will certainly be “pro-alternative search engines” - a showcase of cutting edge innovation. Our goal for AltSearchEngines is to make it the definitive destination for everything related to alternative search engines - over 1,000 of them!"
The site is nicely divided into the following categories:
writes that they are planning to start a Database of search engines which will be great so you can quickly drill down to all the information that has been gathered via the postings.
I also just noticed this evening that they also have a new subscription based forum that offers a one month free trial which i just signed up for- although there doesn't seem to be too much activity right now.
Flickr Gelato image by Klara Kim