The first search engine was developed as a school project by Alan Emtage, a student at Mc Gill University in Montreal.
Back in 1990, Alan created Archie, an index (or archives) of computer files stored on anonymous FTP web sites in a given network of computers (“Archie” rather than “Archives” fit name length parameters – thus it became the name of the first search engine).
While both web directories and search engines gained popularity in the 1990s, search engines developed a life of their own becoming the preferred method of Internet search.
For example, the major search engines found in use today originated in development between 19.
On June 11, 1994, Brian posted to the Usenet group comp.infosystems.announce that the Web Crawler Index was available for searching.
In October 2002, Yahoo shifted to crawler-based listing for its search results. purchased Overture’s pay-per-click service, which had only months earlier purchased Alta Vista and Allthe Web, and Inktomi’s search database. combined these tools to create its own search index. Search Marketing and provides paid search advertising revenue. Directory remains one of the top indexes powering search listings.
Web Crawler was the first search engine to provide full text search.
A month later, Info Space made a million bid to buy [email protected]’s assets including domain names and trademarks from bankruptcy court.
Infospace’s offer was accepted and they subsequently powered the Excite web site and sold portal components to i Won.