Top Ten Search Engines


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AlltheWeb is a major search engine which debuted in mid-1999. It grew out from FTP Search, Tor Egges doctorate thesis at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which he started on in 1994, which in turn resulted in the formation of Fast Search and Transfer established on July 16, 1997. It was used primarily as a show piece site for FAST's enterprise serach engine. Although rivaling Google in size and technology, AlltheWeb never became as popular.
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Altavista originated in 1995 with Louis Monier and Mike Burrows, both currently at Google, and a small team of scientists at Digital Equipment Corporation's Research lab in Palo Alto, California. The original idea came from a remark by Paul Flaherty (died March 16, 2006 at 42) that Alpha servers would be just perfect to create a Yahoo!-like search engine.
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Ask.com is an Internet search engine founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California. The original software was architected and implemented by Gary Chevsky. The RODA Group, a venture capital firm, were early investors. Rob Wrubel joined the company as CEO in 1998 and led the company until late 2001, when he was replaced by Skip Battle.

Ask.com owns a variety of popular web destinations including country-specific sites for Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, and Spain along with askforkids.com, teoma.com, excite.com, myway.com, iwon.com, bloglines.com and several others. The combined traffic to its properties places Ask.com in the top ten parent web companies in the US, as rated by both comScore and Nielsen//NetRatings in September 2004.
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Dogpile is a metasearch engine that "fetches" results from About, Ask.com, FindWhat, Google, LookSmart, MSN, Teoma, Yahoo! and several other popular search engines, including audio and video.

Dogpile began operations in November of 1996 and became part of the Go2net Network in 1999 which in turn was acquired by InfoSpace, Inc. (InfoSpace also owns Metacrawler, Webcrawler and Excite).

In 2005, Dogpile published a study about first page web search engine results overlap. The study showed 3% overlap between Google, Yahoo!, and Ask Jeeves. 85% of the results were unique to one of the three engines.
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Gigablast is a search engine which aims to be more efficient and scale better than other search engines. It is run by Matt Wells.

Matt Wells was employed by Infoseek until 2000. After he decided that he wanted to run his own search engine, Wells wrote the code for Gigablast from scratch. The engine runs on a cluster of eight standard desktop computers, enhanced with large harddisks and plenty of memory.
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Google is an American multinational software corporation, first incorporated as a privately held corporation in September, 1998, that specializes in search engine, information retrieval technology and online advertising. With a market capitalization of US$118.32 billion as of June 2006, Google is the largest internet search company in the world, almost twice as large as rival Yahoo! The company employs approximately 6,800 employees is based in Mountain View, California. Eric Schmidt, formerly chief executive officer of Novell, was named Google's CEO when co-founder Larry Page stepped down.
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Snap is a search engine that displays possible search queries as you type and shows results with a logo of the top level domain.
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WiseNut is a crawler-based search engine now owned by Looksmart. It debuted as a beta in July 2001 and was officially launched in September 2001. It uses its own database, and when it started it was highly regarded by a number of critics. WiseNut introduced a fresh database and relevant hits. Like Teoma, WiseNut automatically clusters search results, a technology called WiseGuide.
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Yahoo is an American computer services company with a mission to "be the most essential global Internet service for consumers and businesses". It operates an Internet portal, the Yahoo! Directory and a host of other services including the popular Yahoo! Mail. It was founded by Stanford graduate students David Filo and Jerry Yang in January of 1994 and incorporated on March 2, 1995. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
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MSN Search is a collection of Internet services provided by Microsoft. Initially released by Microsoft on August 24, 1995, to coincide with the release of Windows 95, the range of services has since expanded greatly. The Hotmail webmail service was amongst the first, followed by the instant messenger service MSN Messenger, which has recently been completely replaced by Windows Live Messenger. Recently, MSN has relaunched many of its services, to compete with rivals, such as Google; new services include MSN Virtual Earth, Desktop Search, and a customizable search engine.


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