Dogpile first appeared on the electronic scene in 1996, led by its fun-loving mascot Arfie, an indiscriminate breed of dog that is responsible for fetching users' search results.
Today, Dogpile is one of the most popular metasearch engines available.
As a metasearch engine rather than a standard search engine, Dogpile actually fuses together search results from more than a dozen popular search tools such as Google, Ask.com, Yahoo!
In fact, Dogpile is so well designed and effectively run that it received recognition as the Best Consumer Search Engine for 2007 by J.D.
Dogpile has its share of additional resources, and one of its most popular options is the free daily horoscope predictions.
Dogpile presents free horoscopes for entertainment purposes only and they are created in collaboration with Astrology.com.
Individual horoscopes are generally just a few sentences long, but unlike many horoscope providers, Dogpile horoscopes include both positive and negative predictions with unusual clarity and detail.
Another outstanding feature of Dogpile's horoscope service is the fact that users are not confined to only one day's predictions.
For the utmost in astrological convenience, interested users can download and install Dogpile's free search toolbar.
This lets users access Dogpile horoscopes from their computer desktop without actually being on the Dogpile website.
When reading horoscopes, Dogpile discreetly offers top search results for other horoscope resources including specific Zodiac signs, horoscope dating, pet horoscopes and more.
Dogpile widgets combine two of the more popular aspects of web 2.0 technologies - the convenience of a widget on your desktop, along with the social awareness that results from using the DogPile search engine.
Even better, obtaining and installing a DogPile widget is easy and fast, whether your operating system is Mac or Windows.
Like most widgets, installing DogPile search engine widgets are incredibly easy.
Widgets, such as Picture Frame, Analog Clock, and of course the one you just installed, the "Arfie" DogPile widget.
However, there's also a more interesting Web 2.0-ish aspect to it - a small pull-out window on the bottom of the widget turns Arfie into an "internet watchdog," providing a live feed of other DogPile searches throughout the Internet.
Instead, in true viral widget tradition, this button opens a "Tell a Friend!" page at the Dogpile website.
There is good reason to use DogPile as opposed to other search engines.
DogPile donates a portion of its ad revenue to the rescue of animals in need.
To date, DogPile has raised over $22,000.
Another reason to use DogPile widgets is found at the I Can Has Cheezburger? widget page.
This website combines the power and social benefits of the DogPile search engine, along with the hilarity of the LOLCats phenomenon.
For those who don't want to have animations or pictures of cats on their desktop, simpler versions of the DogPile widget are also available that are just a plain search box with "fetch" buttons.
Even customizable search engines, such as Dogpile, use these core search engines as their primary source to research terms.
Some search engines like Dogpile have even become "meta" - gathering and sorting through the results of searches from other major sites like Google and Yahoo.
Dogpile horoscopes give internet users a fun glimpse of their fortunes with the convenience of easy access, smooth use, and multiple other resources for a complete picture of what the future may hold.
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