If you’re tempted to leave Google, and wondering if Yahoo have upped their game, or whether Bing is revolutionising search, take a look at Blind Search.
You can enter a search term, and get the three sets results you’d get from Bing, Google and Yahoo, without knowing which is which. You can then vote for the best set of results.
In my highly scientific sample of 10, Google scored 6, and Yahoo and Bing 2 each. So still no contest really. And there were two sets of results which I’d describe as highly poor, both belonging to Yahoo.
I thought I’d have a tie-breaker between Bing and Yahoo, and Bing took the 11th vote. So it ended with Google on 6, Bing 3 and Yahoo 2.
Unfortunately, at present the system looks like it can be gamed, as if you dig around the HTML you can see which column is which before voting. In the short time I used it, Google dropped from 42% to 39%, which looked suspicious.