A decade after Aliweb (www.aliweb.com)
was created in October 1993, the Web’s oldest search engine is still functioning,
albeit it nowhere near the standards of its modern-day successors.
Aliweb was developed by the United Kingdom’s Martijn Koster to provide
Archie-like functionality in a search engine for the web. Aliweb does not have
the robot functionality of Wanderer or other search engines and relies on web
masters to post indexing information on sites they want listed. Most people don’t
know how to supply the special indexing file required; therefore relatively few
sites are accessible through Aliweb compared to robot-based search engines.
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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