Exciting things are happening in the world of search, Do check out Kosmix, a search engine developed by a couple of Indians Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, who apparently were friends with Sergey Brin at Stanford. (More details here) They're not really taking on Google in the sense that Kosmix is not a Google substitute, but it permits more topical specialised searching, and it clusters its search results in a useful manner, it has rolled out an Alpha version of a travel search which should be interesting. Do check it out and spread the word.
Reminds me vaguely of 1999 when people in law school had just started using Google which was in a Beta stage then (and remained so for an eternity), while most others were using Yahoo search, AltaVista and AskJeeves. Google seemed so spare and so puny, with nothing but the logo and the search bar, it just didn't look like something that would eventually take over the world. Kosmix looks Google-ish, but nothing that happens to it will be surprising. Whether it succeeds or fails, most people will think they thought it would happen!!
Thanks JPJ for the tip-off