1 min read.Updated: 04 Jul 2013, 11:23 PM ISTLivemint
As the original super spider, AltaVista, shuts down, here’s a brief history of some of the better known search engines
Ever since the world wide web became the engine of our lives, search has been the holy grail for developers and companies. Beginning with Archie in 1990, considered the first search engine, moving on to Excite and Lycos and Infoseek, by the mid 90s there was a veritable flood of search engines, particularly after Google showed how it should be done in 1996. The complexity of the algorithms was now matched only by the voracious appetite of searchers as the number of pages to be indexed ran into billions. Invariably, a lot of them positioned themselves as specialized engines—for kids or jobs or tech or entertainment. Then came the deep web search engines like http://www.deepdyve.com/ which indexed obscure and often not-easy to find content.