Search websites apart from Google
Search World outside Google
If you have Internet, normally the first website you go is Google.com. No doubt, google have touched our life like nothing else. It has become a synonym of any search. If I am not able to figure out anything, the first question I am asked is "Have you Googled it?"..
However, the world of search does not end with Google. There were many search engines before Google, with Google and will continue to exist. In this article today, we will come across some of them..
- Alta Vista(www.altavista.com/ ):Alta Vista was launched on 15th December 1995 in Palo Auto, California, USA. Due to its superior search techniques (web crawler - scooter) and better hard wares and capability to provide text base search output, it became overnight success. It was so successful that it reached more than 80 million hits per day within 2 years of its creation. I was also exclusive search result provider to Yahoo. Later it was sold to Compaq which wanted to convert it to a web portal providing free emails and shopping. After the bubble burst, once it portal services became unsuccessful, it was moved back to what it was supposed to do, Search.
- Hotbot (www.hotbot.com) : Hotbot was created in May 2006 and was quite popular in its earlier days. It claimed to update its database more frequently that its competitors and also provided web hosting for some time. This search engine was provided by Wired magazine. It was sold to Lycos in 1998 and till then it have reduced its services. It is now a mere front end to other search provides like Yahoo, Lygo and MSN.
- Excite (www.excite.com) :Excite was one of the most succesful search engine created in 90's. It was founded as architext by 5 Stanford students,Graham Spencers, Joe Craus, Mark Van Haren, Ryan McIntyre, Ben Lutch and Martin Reinfried. It later got funding by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla also founder of Sun micro systems and Geoff yang and finally relaunched as exite.com in 1995. By 1996 it bought two more search engines Magellan and Webcrawler . It went to public in the same year ans was already on a high. Its downfall begin in 1998 when it reported loss of over 300 million. It was taken over by @Home in 1999 and the joint company was names exite@Home. In the same year it made the biggest blunder of the Internet history when it refused the deal by google founder Sergy brinand Larry Page to buy google search engine for 1 million dollars. Google later become the biggest search company worth more that 200 billion dollars. By the end of internet bubble, exite@home applied for bankruptcy. Currently exite is owned by IAC Search & Media which is also parent company for askJeeves.com.
- Askjeev (ask.com) : Askjeev was also one of the major search site created in 90's before google came into picture. Askjeev was designed to answer user's query rather than keyword based search.It was founded by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in 1996 in California, USA. In Feb 2007, Jeevs was dropped from the name and it became ask.com. It is one of the search portal which is still popular in Google era in some particular segment.
I will edit it later to include some more search websites which are popular today and some newcomers who aspires to give tough competition to google like Microsoft bing.