HotBot went online in May 1996. This company was owned by Wired Digital, which went on to be acquired by Lycos in 1998. Since that point HotBot results were served by the Inktomi database.
The name ‘Google’ is derived from the word ‘googol’, referring to the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. Google was founded by two Stanford University students Larry Paige and Sergey Brin, in Larry’s bedroom. They invested in a Terabyte of disk space and set up Google’s first datacenter. It has been estimated that… Read more »
FAST, or AllTheWeb was spawned from Opticom ASA in July 1997 in Oslo, Norway.
This service boasted one of the largest databases of the time, and are still now looking for ways to improve and develop new technologies.
Excite was originally a project known as Architext, created by a team made up of 5 hackers and one political science major – Mark Van Haren, Ryan McIntyre, Ben Lutch, Joe Kraus, Graham Spencer and Martin Reinfried. Excite was invested in by venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers and Institutional Venture Partners, who purchased… Read more »
Since its humble beginnings as a small online service for pc users, America Online Inc. has gained 34 million users and in addition to its millions of members it also has 3 million with Compuserve, 120 million with ICQ and 48 million users of netscape.com. AOL then went on to purchase WebCrawler in 1997 to… Read more »