Have you ever wondered, what is Dogpile? Aside from its rather provocative name, Dogpile is a meta-search engine. In basic terms, it aggregates the search results from many popular search engines into one page. Instead of doing separate searches on Google, Bing, Yahoo! or Ask, you can do one search through Dogpile and see the results from various engines. Dogpile prevents redundancy and saves a lot of time.
How Does Dogpile Work?
Dogpile works through a special technology called "meta-search." Powered by Infospace, Dogpile's meta-search engine is considered a superior search tool because users can see results from various engines in one place. A common fear is that meta-search sites will show duplicate listings, but Dogpile filters out similar results, which means that users will not need to worry about clicking on the same link twice. Dogpile is funded by advertisements on its search results.
Although Dogpile does not offer many of the extra conveniences provided by other search sites, such as a Dogpile email address, it does offer a toolbar. Once you install the Dogpile toolbar on your Internet browser, you can search results without visiting Dogpile's home page.
Ways To Search
Dogpile allows you to filter through six different types of results. You can choose between Web, images, video, news, Yellow Pages and White Pages. Users are also able to bookmark and share the results across multiple social network sites, including Twitter, Plurk and Facebook.
About Dogpile's Mascot
Dogpile's mascot is Arfie, the dog. Just like the site itself, he was born in 1996. Arfie was born on January 2, and the site started operation in November of that year. Arfie is prominently featured on the front page celebrating all types of events, from Earth Day to National Women's History Month and all the major holidays. It is also common to see Arfie interested in some type of cause. In 2008, Dogpile started a "Search and Rescue" campaign to raise $1 million dollars for the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Who created Dogpile? A lawyer who felt like he was missing out when using only one search engine decided to try combining all the search engines.
"How to make Dogpile my homepage?" Many people ask this question, as Dogpile is a great place to start a Web search. These tips can help you change the home page in several browsers.