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:
– Microsoft redux
- 2001 – Goodbye GoTo, hello
- 2000 – Some Web expertise
- 1999 – A winning
- 1999 – Now that’s fast!
- 1998 – Its a hit! DirectHit
- 1998 –
And in the other corner... MSN
- 1998 – And
in this corner… Google
– 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 –
- 1994-95 –
- 1994 – Lycos
- 1994 –
- 1994 – Yahoo!
- 1994 – A Galaxy
of web pages
- 1993 – The
birth of Excite
- The Web’s oldest existing search engine
- 1993 – The
first web robot
- 1993 - Archie’s
- Veronica, the grandmother of search engines
- Archie, the grandfather of all search engines
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