By 1994 the Internet was the primary source of discussion at most computer
science programs. Things were no different at the University of Washington where
student Brian Pinkerton developed a small single-user application to find information
on the Web. At the encouragement of fellow students, Pinkerton built a web interface
to his WebCrawler program, which was released on April 20, 1994, with a database
containing documents from over 6,000 web servers.
The WebCrawler was unique in that it was the first web robot
to capable of indexing every word on a web page, while other bots were storing
a URL, a title and at most 100 words. In a few short months, the WebCrawler was
averaging 15,000 hits a day. Demand eventually crashed the University of Washington’s
network. America Online (AOL) eventually bought WebCrawler and ran it on its system.
Excite bought WebCrawler in 1997.
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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