The new Brave search engine tool helps you get the results you’re looking for


When you hit enter in your internet search box, how often do you see results you wish you hadn’t seen? This is because an algorithm determines what is returned after a Google search, and it is not always what you are looking for.

Specific details, images, or news articles can easily get lost between promoted posts and SEO-supported content. But one company wants to change that by letting you determine the sources for your results.

Read on to learn how to customize search results and how it differs from Google.

Here’s the backstory

Letting users customize their search results seems almost counterproductive to content discovery and monetization. But Brave is more focused on delivering results that matter most than providing answers that don’t benefit you.

That’s why the company has rolled out a beta version of the cleverly named Goggles. Working through the Brave search engine, Goggles lets you “search without limits” by customizing where the results come from and how many appear on the page.

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To use Goggles, open brave questenter your question or topic and click Goggles in the main menu, between Videos and Info.

In a blog postBrave explains that the feature “will allow anyone or any community of people to create sets of rules and filters to limit searchable space or change the order of search results.”

What this means to you

To put everything in a nutshell, you can filter online resources or websites from your search. For example, if you’re searching for something on Google but want to omit a phrase or website, you can use the minus sign followed by the word, for example, “tech news -Canada.”

But there’s a problem with that. You have to do it for every word, sentence or website. But with Brave’s Goggles feature, you can create a custom rule for search results that only contain specific resources. So it’s kind of the reverse of how other search engines work.

Here are the search results for “Apple” when using Brave’s regular browsing method.

And here are the search results for “Apple” via the Tech blog Goggles.

You can see right away that Goggles takes out the unnecessary results. It only delivers content from websites listed during the creation process. Naturally, anyone can create a custom set of search rules. But you need some coding knowledge to get it off the ground.

That said, there are already some goggles made by the Brave community for you to use. The feature is still in beta testing, so while there aren’t many Goggles out there right now, that will change soon in the future.

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