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AltaVista - 1995
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By the end of 1995, search engines were popping up with increasing frequency. Digital Equipment Corporations AltaVista search engine appeared in December 1995 and was backed by the most powerful computing server available – DEC’s 64-bit Alpha servers. It was the fastest search engine and could handle millions of hits a day without any degradation.

Other features put the pressure on older search engines and raised the bar for future newcomers. One key change was the inclusion of a natural language search. Users could type in a phrase or a question and get an intelligent response. For instance, “Where is London?” without getting a million-plus pages referring to “where” and “is.”


Here is a growing archive of the search engine history:

  • 2003 – Microsoft redux
  • 2001 – Goodbye GoTo, hello Overture
  • 2000 – Some Web expertise
  • 1999 – A winning search concept
  • 1999 – Now that’s fast!
  • 1998 – Its a hit! DirectHit
  • 1998 – And in the other corner... MSN
  • 1998 – And in this corner… Google
  • 1998 – The Open (source) Directory Project
  • 1997 – Ask Jeeves, the butler did it
  • 1997 – GoTo, What do I bid?
  • 1996 – LookSmart – the Australian connection
  • 1996 – HotBot, one hot bot!
  • 1995/96 – The Northern Light
  • 1995 – AltaVista
  • 1995 – The Meta-search
  • 1994-95 – InfoSeek
  • 1994 – Lycos
  • 1994 – The WebCrawler
  • 1994 – Yahoo!
  • 1994 – A Galaxy of web pages
  • 1993 – The birth of Excite
  • 1993 - The Web’s oldest existing search engine
  • 1993 – The first web robot
  • 1993 - Archie’s pal, Jughead
  • 1993 - Veronica, the grandmother of search engines
  • 1989 - Archie, the grandfather of all search engines

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