1994 was clearly a blockbuster year in the history of the search engine and
the theme of the spider and the Web couldn’t be any clearer with the birth
of Lycos at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University in
Dr. Michael Mauldin, at CMU’s Center for Machine Translation, developed
Lycos, named for
the wolf spider Lycosidae lycosa around the core of another program called LongLegs
written by John Leavitt. Mauldin wrote the Pursuit retrieval engine which was
designed to retrieve and process text from very large databases.
When Lycos went public with a catalogue of 54,000 documents on the Web, it
added yet more value to web searching – a ranking of relevance, prefix matching
and word proximity bonuses. In other words, users were now able to determine the
accuracy of their search efforts to home in on the desired information. By August
1994 the Lycos catalogue had reached 394,000 documents; by January 1995 1.5 million
documents, and by November 1996, more than 60 million documents – more than
any other search engine.
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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