Search Engine History – Yahoo

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Two Ph.D candidates named David Filo and Jerry Yang created Yahoo in 1994 at Stanford University in California; it was started for recreation for the creators but soon became full time work. It was initially known as ‘Jerry and Davids guide to the World Wide Web’ but after the creators randomly chose names from the… Read more »

Search Engine History – Webcrawler

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WebCrawler went live in the Spring of 1994 and was a Search Engine that originally started off as a research project started at the Universtiy of Washington by Brian Pinkerton. It was bought over in 1995 by AOL and was then bought by Excite.

Search Engine History – The First Search Engine

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The worlds first Search Engine was created in 1990 by McGill University student Alan Emtage. He named the search engine ‘Archie’, short for Archives due to the limitation of filenames in Unix systems. Before Archie, users shared files and data using an FTP server (File Transfer Protocol). This worked when sharing between small groups of… Read more »

Search Engine History – The First Robot

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The World Wide Web Wanderer, introduced by Matthew Gray was initially used to track the growth of the web by counting active servers. A computer robot is a program that’s capable of carrying out repetitive tasks at speeds impossible for humans to perform. The robot was soon upgraded to create a database of URL’s known… Read more »

Search Engine History – Bing

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MSN Search was started in 1998 by the Microsoft Corporation and was one of the first of Microsofts online services. The first incarnation of MSN search displayed search results using information gathered byInktomi and later using a combination of results from both Inktomi and Looksmart (a search advertising and management solutions company). Through time it… Read more »