The Internet Before Google: A nostalgic look at 7 (almost) forgotten search engines

    The Internet Before Google: A nostalgic look at 7 (almost) forgotten search engines
    The Internet Before Google: A nostalgic look at 7 (almost) forgotten search engines

    You have a question? Then Google usually has the answer for you! It’s hard to imagine the Internet (and our everyday life) without the powerful search engine. In fact, there was a time when the Internet was still young and Google was not yet born.

    So we take a nostalgic look back at seven almost forgotten search engines before Google.

    Web crawler

    Web Crawler Search Engine
    Web Crawler Search Engine

    Web Crawler was launched in 1994 and is the oldest existing search engine on the Internet. Today, Web Crawler combines Google and Yahoo search results.

    Lycos

    Lycos Search Engine
    Lycos Search Engine

    This search engine with the characteristic dog as a mascot dates back to 1995 and was developed at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    The company experienced a dramatic slump: out of 50 million unique visitors per day, Lycos’s market share fell to 0.01 percent. Nevertheless, Lycos continues to this day and there is also a German version of the search engine.

    Alta Vista

    Altavista search engine
    Altavista search engine

    Alta Vista was one of the most popular search engines in the 90s. She introduced many innovative technologies for the time, some of which are still used by search engines today.

    Alta Vista was also one of the first search engines to index the entire text content of a web page. Alta Vista was launched in 1995, then acquired by Yahoo in 2003, and eventually shut down in 2013.

    Excite

    Excite search engine
    Excite search engine

    In addition to AltaVista, Excite was another well-known in the field of search engines in the 1990s. Excite started in 1995 and the search engine is still available today, but has largely been forgotten.

    Dogpile

    Dogpile search engine
    Dogpile search engine

    Anyone who thinks Google is a weird name for a search engine has obviously never heard of Dogpile.

    Dogpile was born in 1996 and was perhaps a well-known brand because of its strange name. Today Dogpile brings together search results from Google, Yahoo and the Russian search engine Yandex.

    Yahoo

    Yahoo Search Engine
    Yahoo Search Engine

    At the birth of the worldwide web, Yahoo was THE Internet company par excellence, as was its 1995 search engine.

    Yahoo is still one of the few search engines from that time that can reach Google, albeit at a huge distance.

    Ask Jeeves

    Ask Jeeves Search Engine
    Ask Jeeves Search Engine

    Another memorable classic among the pre-Google search engines is Ask Jeeves. What made the search engine stand out was their unusual question-answer format and of course the mascot of the site, Butler Jeeves.

    Ask Jeeves launched in 1996 and has since been re-branded to Ask.com.

    Which early search engines do you remember?

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