But I can't find anything useful on the Web!" That's the lament of ever more users as Web pages multiply like kudzu in a Carolina summer. Search engine HotBot (http://www.hotbot.com) now scans more than 50 million pages in a search, and millions more are added monthly. So it's no surprise that even a simple hunt with a standard search engine can return huge numbers of hits.
But there is a smarter way to find information on the Web--new software that can simultaneously access the main search engines, sort out duplicate hits, even rank sites by likely order of usefulness. The best of this breed is Symantec's Internet FastFind (about $50, for Windows 95 and NT 4.0). It rushes through AltaVista, Yahoo!, Excite, InfoSeek and more, then sorts and displays results as "hot links"--click on one and off you go to the site for a look.
Quarterdeck's Web Compass (about $50, also for Windows 95 and NT 4.0) does much the same--a bit more slowly, but with a more muscular comprehensiveness. Web Compass taps into as many as 20 search engines and directories simultaneously, and also provides capsule summaries for most of the hits it locates.