What a surprise — for the first time I got search results surfed by Microsoft's Bing search engine. And I did not even intend that. All I wanted to do was to find a particular project for a Wave client (software) I read about on the Web. I typed my query into the address bar, hit enter, and got these results below.
Does the new Alexa Sparky add-on kick out Google?
Not necessarily what I was looking for. But wait a second … Why didn't Firefox serve the result from Google as usually?
So I was quite surprised that I suddenly got Bing results displayed.
What has happened?
I remember that I had updated my Alexa Sparky add-on for Firefox this week. I also remember having seen a note about new features but I kind of ignored it. Now, it's obvious what had happened. Alexa Sparky is one of the FireFox Add-ons I use.
Two new settings for Alexa
With the latest version of the plugin you can have Alexa …
Settings Alexa Sparky
- handle error cases like “Error 404: Page Not Found,”
- and Searches.
I just have deactivated both settings.
I'm back at Google.
And here is why. The first search result, and even the second one is exactly what I was looking for.
I will continue to use the add-on for having the Alexa rank of websites displayed but I don’t allow it to take control of my browser.
John W. Furst
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