Robin Good: FindTheBest is a good example of an emerging wave of alternatives search engines, not based exclusively on algorithms but also on curated human selection and review.
"...it is a hybrid search engine — a combination of data-sifting algorithms and human curators.
The humans define the categories, design how information is presented and determine what ingredients of comparison — or attributes — are most meaningful to users."
(Source: NYTimes Blogs)
Via Robin Good