EditorialGuy - 4:59 pm on Dec 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
E.guy, then where is a need of a SE anymore?
Because people want to search. Just because a search engine favors certain types of results ("big brands," for example) doesn't mean search engines have no value to users.
Also, never underestimate the value of a familiar user interface. People who are in the habit of using Google as their "search portal" may not even think of using internal site search on a site like Amazon or Wikipedia. (During my 17+ years in Web publishing, I've noticed that non-technical users often have a reluctance to use internal search even if it's powered by Google. They'll use Google.com, Google.de, or whatever to find their way to a site, but once they're on that site, they'll ignore any search window that's shoved in their faces and use menus instead. User habits and preconceptions can be hard to break.)