of the most visited search engines.
The “Google” search
engine was started in January 1996, as a research project
by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Their theory was that a search
engine that could interpret themes between a variety of websites
would produce better ranking of results; opposite of what
other search engines where providing at the time. This process
originally involved the number of times a keyword search
phrase would appear in the content of a website. Today Google
has set precedence in the field of search which is followed
by many today.
Live Search allows webmasters to manage the web crawling
status of their own websites through Live Search Webmaster
Center. Formerly known as msn search, Live provides search
portal that was developed to compete with the industry leaders
Google and Yahoo!
Yahoo! was created in January 1994
by Stanford graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo.
The original name of their website was “Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web”.
In Yahoo!’s first year they received over 1 million
hits and took advantage of a huge business potential with
a diverse selection web services.
American Global Internet Services and Media Company is operated
by Time Warner. With headquarters in New York, New York,
its global reach has allowed them to franchise its web services
to nations around the world.
Netscape.com is presently an AOL duplicate of the AOL.com
portal, which features facilities such as news, search,
sports, horoscopes, dating, movies, music and more.
Open Directory Project, A.K.A DMOZ is worldwide open content
directory of website links, sumbited by users; that is developed
and managed by community volunteer editors. The ODP uses
human editors instead of computer bots to group themed websites
and approve them for categorical display.
HotBot is one of the first internet
search engine providers. It went live in 1996 as a service
from “Wired Magazine”. Its original attraction
to users was their frequent database updates resulting
in fresher search results. Today the search portal is a
front-end to major search engines such as Ask.com and MSN.
Ask Jeeves was originally developed to allow visitors to
get answers to everyday questions. Ask.com was the first
search engine to provide question/answering queries for
web users. Ask is also a traditional keyword searching
engine and is known to many to be very user-friendly.
About.com is dynamic content driven force that keeps information
about unlimited topics from gardening to technology. They
provide content through their network of over 500 journalists
(Guides) which are experts in the field they write about.
All this free information is provide through an easy search
Ixquick began in 2004 and has provided
over 120 million searches over the past 3 years. This metasearch
engine returns the top ten results from multiple search engines
by using a “Star
System” to rank its results. It awards one star for
every search result that’s been returned for a web
site, in return giving the site with the most visits, a
WebCrawler provides users the top search results from Google,
Yahoo!, MSN Search, Ask.com, About.com, MIVA, LookSmart
and other frequently used search engines. They also offer
searches for video, audio, images, news, and general information
on a variety of catagories. WebCrawler is subsidiary of
AltaVista originaly had two innovations
that set it apart from other Internet Search Engines. First
was it used a multi-threaded crawler (named “Scooter”)
which allowed it to crawl an enormous amount of web pages.
Second it relied on advanced and sophisticated hardware which
allowed its backend to out-speed the rest. Today AltaVista
is well known for a free translation service, called Babel
Fish, which automatically translates text between several
AlltheWeb.com is a search engine that was started in 1994.
It was one of the first enterprise level search engines in
terms of size and technology but never rivaled against its
competitors Google and Yahoo. AlltheWeb was subsequently
taken over by Yahoo! and now used its search database.
Gigablast was developed as a high capacity search mechanism
capable of indexing a high number of web pages per server.
Gigablast has about 10 Billion web pages in its database
and is host to millions of queries per day. It also has
the ability to search a variety of languages.
Excite is known as one of the 90’s original “dotcoms” with
a huge branding value. Today Excite offers mail service,
integrated stock quotes, customizable membership pages and
search content that is made up of over 100 different sources.