A number of people have emailed suggesting I blog about Wolfram Alpha. I haven't done so up to now because it has had so much coverage that I didn't think I could add any more to what had already been said. So in this posting I am going to link to three articles about how it compares with Google.
First of all, WolframAlpha calls itself "a computational knowledge engine" rather than a search engine. It's long-term goal is "to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone".
- Compare WolframAlpha Searches with Google - here Anol Agarwal of Digital Inspiration shows Firefox users how they can use Wolfram alongside Google.
- Five things Wolfram Alpha does better and (vastly differently) from Google, is a piece by Stan Schroeder, at Mashable, who provides "some guidelines which will help you shake off that “search engine” frame of mind and perhaps help you start using Wolfram Alpha to its full potential".
- WolframAlpha and Google Face-off - by David Talbot at Technology Review, shows how the two Web engines compare when given the same queries.
Anybody got any interesting experiences of using WolframAlpha to share?