Brief History Of The Search Engines


search enginesBack in 1997, the Internet was in it’s infant stage, and there were approximately 300 million web pages available.  By 2002 that number grew to around 8 billion pages available.  In 2005 you had your choice of over 19 billion indexed web documents and today, you have access to over 50 billion.

As you can see, the Internet is just gathering steam, and we’re still in the beginning stages.  With so many web pages and sites available, how do you find anything?  Well, way back in 1994 people were realizing that same deficiency.  With the number of pages on the web skyrocketing, how do you organize it all?  Well, 1994 marked the development of Yahoo and Web Crawler.  Web Crawler was unique because it was the first time that the content of a page was indexed rather than just the title and meta tags.

1995 saw the introduction of Infoseek and Alta Vista which was ahead of every other search engine because you could type in real life natural phrases for search.  So common nowadays, this was a revelation back then.

1996 saw the introduction of Google, formed by two Stanford students who were merely organizing basketball scores together on the Internet.  MSN arrived in 1998 along with Open Directory, the largest “human” directory at the time.

As you can tell, some of these search engines still exist and some don’t.  Google went on to become the largest by far, and now is responsible for 72% of all the search activity on the Internet.  Imagine a 72% market share in your particular niche?  Will there power at the top continue or will something else replace this mighty giant?  Remember the people that said MySpace would be around forever?  Well, Google happens to be smart, while they might not be on top forever, I predict a very long ride looking down on everybody else for them.

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