Even if you are not a criminal, you probably make searches that you don’t want your minister, boss, or spouse to know about. You don’t expect your doctor to keep a record of every question you ask at a checkup, but your search engine probably remembers every medical search you’ve ever made. And even if you’ve been careful to log out and clear your cookies, those searches are probably associated with your real name.
Read more about this issue: Privacy, Search Engines, and Government Monitoring
https://blekko.com/ is an example of a competitor which has its own index.
Perl has some nifty frameworks that can make you as productive as PHP for small web projects, and it also does large projects well.
But hey, if you're comfortable with PHP and Java, and want to pay to have your app completely rewritten, then more power to you.
New startups using perl, courtesy of Quora:
Big companies writing lots of new perl, also courtesy of Quora:
Lokku (makers of Nestoria), BBC, LJ, IMDB, Salon.com, Typepad, Zappos, Craigslist, FriendFinder, Ticketmaster, Slashdot
I think you're really confused about the role Larry plays in the community. He's slowly creating a new language, which has little to do with perl 5. Perl 5 is actively maintained and has a large community of users.
The new search engine blekko is written in perl - wrote our own NoSQL database in it, too. We found CPAN to be an awesome resource; we use 600 distros from CPAN, and only found a couple of bugs in them.
It's Java that's the new COBOL. (buh dum, ching!)
Blekko's search engine and NoSQL database are written in Perl. We haven't had problems hiring experienced, smart Perl people, and we've also had no trouble getting experienced Python people to learn Perl.
How about searching for
industrial design colleges
On google, no actual colleges. On Blekko, it auto-slashtags it to industrial design
"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce