I always enjoy investigaing new and unusual search engines that appear in our Koko Analytics referrer logs. Today I discovered a search engine with a distinct name: AlohaFind.
I was initially having some difficulty pinning down the source of AlohaFind’s search results because it does not appear to restrict results by domain as much as most other search engines. AlohaFind is coy about the source of its results, stating only that “[w]e use the same results that you would get from Google,” which is ambiguous. After trying more queries than I had originally planned, I came away almost certain that AlohaFind, like most of these small alternative search engines, uses Bing’s index, not Google’s. However, for some queries, the order of results (if not the composition) is a bit different than Bing’s (it was closer to DuckDuckGo, which also relies on Bing, for a few tested queries).