Inktomi is the second-oldest crawler which was an experiment
at University of California at Berkeley before going commercial in 1996. Inktomi’s
first customer was HotBot a few months later.
It was from that point that Inktomi realized the greater potential was in providing
the technology to other search engines instead of its own branded search engine
Having slowly fallen behind rivals Google
and AllTheWeb.com, Inktomi started a series
of competitive upgrades in 2002 and was then purchased by Yahoo!
in 2003. Inktomi providea search results to Yahoo! and to Yahoo’s competitor
MSN Search, but it is expected that relationship
will end as soon as Microsoft is ready to re-launch with its own crawler-powered
search results in 2004-2005.
Here’s a quick look at the top Internet search engines:
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