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AltaVista launched in 1995 and in the following year were
providing search results to Yahoo. The subsequent decision to become a web portal failed
and AltaVista was bought by Overture in 2003. With Yahoo taking over the company the same
year, AltaVista had come full circle and started using the Yahoo database in 2004.
Originally founded as Architext, in 1994, money was soon
to change hands and Excite officially launched at the end of 1995. The following year,
Excite bought Magellan and WebCrawler; and signed exclusive distribution agreements with
Microsoft and Netscape, among others. In 1997, Excite purchased a comparison shopping
service company and was subsequently acquired by @Home Network in 1999. Sold on again,
Excite Network was bought by Ask Jeeves (Ask) in 2004.
HotBot was launched in 1996, by Wired Magazine and
aquired by Lycos in 1998. In its prime, HotBot claimed to update its database more
frequently than other search engines. HotBot then eventually fell off the map to become
nothing more than a front end for Ask and MSN search results.
Founded in 1994, Infoseek was the major player by the
time Travel Notes launched in the summer of 1997. The following year it was bought by
Disney and merged with Starwave to become Go; which in turn became 'powered by Yahoo'.
Lycos began as a search engine research project, in 1994,
and went on to have quite a global presence. Bought by Terra Networks in the year 2000,
Lycos had already reached its peak and Terra Lycos was subsequently sold on, in 2004, to
Daum Communications Corporation of South Korea. Lycos then moved towards concentrating
more on its broadband entertainment content, launching
Phone, Lycos Cinema and
Lycos Mix - in 2006 and 2007.
Northern Light searched the web in 1996 but now
specialise in knowledge management for market research and custom enterprise search
Now serving search results through
WebCrawler started out in 1994 (with its own database)
was aquired by AOL in 1995 and subsequently bought by Excite in 1997. Aquired by InfoSpace
(who also own and operate the meta-search engines Dogpile, MetaCrawler, Zoo and Excite) in
2001, WebCrawler ceased to crawl and joined the group of former pioneers spinning search
results from multiple sources together.
Yahoo started out as a directory, rather than a search
engine crawling the web, and has become many things to many people. After the purchase of
Inktomi (makers of the software used in HotBot), in 2002, and Overture, in 2003,
Yahoo Search could slurp through links on its own;
without the need to continue showing Google results on its pages.
Unfortunately, we've had to remove many of
the specialist regional search engines, as
the dominance of Google in local search has
put an end to a lot of their business plans.
Search directory aimed at the over 50 age group.
Wendy Boswell has been the editor of About
Web Search since 2004.
White and Yellow Pages:
Links to international white and yellow pages.
Argentine search engine. You can also select to include search resultes for Brasil, Chile,
Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay.
Web Search Australia:
First available in 1994. Only sites in the .au domain are crawled and added to the
A Bulgarian search engine, dedicated to Bulgarian companies and internet resources.
With 900+ how-to small business articles, a free Canadian business directory with 11,000+
listings, along with current news, free tools and online discussion forums CanadaOne is
the 'just-in-time' information source for small business Canada.
European business directory containing some 700,000 company addresses, selected from 35
European countries and presented in 25 European languages.
Only lists websites from the European Union Member countries and websites around the world
with information pertaining to Western European interests.
The French Yellow Pages.
An essential address and telephone number look-up for resources in major French cities.
Searching the French language websites.
German web directory and search facility.
Search returns are sorted by category, which can be a bit of a pain.
Il motore di ricerca Italiano.
Or rather Alice, powered by Virgilio.
One of the most comprehensive web sites about Malta.
Great if you speak Dutch.
Search New Zealand:
SearchNZ allows you to search through the actual text that exists on pages of NZ Web
sites, as opposed to a web directory which only lets you search or browse descriptions of
Search engine and directory, in Norwegian.
The search directory for anything and everything related to the Republic of Panama.
Yachay is a Spanish directory from Red Cient�fica Peruana - Internet Per�.
Search engine and directory, in Polish.
Slovakian directory for native speakers.
South Africa's categorical search engine.
Search telephone numbers in Switzerland.
Turkish directory with search capabilities; in Turkish.
Alaska and Canada.
CTSeek - Connecticut.
Established in 1994, Galaxy is the original searchable Internet directory whose mission is
to provide contextually relevant information by integrating state-of-the-art technology
with the human touch.
Returns a lot of real estate companies.
People search and background check.
Search Engine Watch:
Provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine
industry and help to web site owners trying to improve their ability to be found in search
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