When InfoSeek became a true web search engine is a matter
of some discussion. Initially Steven Kirsch’s InfoSeek Guide was a pay-for-use
service created in January 1994 and the fees were dropped in August 1994. It was
rechristened InfoSeek Search in February 1995 and at this point there is no question
it was a true web search engine.
InfoSeek was neither first, nor overly original as a search engine. It did
have a user-friendly interface and did add some unique links that demonstrated
the marketing touch of Kirsch, such as UPS parcel tracking and a news feed. But
where InfoSeek really hit the big leagues was with a strategic deal in 1995 that
saw InfoSeek land as the default search engine for the Netscape web browser. That
deal bumped Yahoo! from the default position and put InfoSeek and the screen of
virtually all web surfers.
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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