Finding stuff online: 20 years of innovative search engines

What would the Internet be without a way to find something specific on its millions of sites? Search engines started providing that function two decades ago. Here are some of the landmarks, from Archie to AltaVista to Google and Bing.

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MetaCrawler (1995)



MetaCrawler was one of the first Websites to allow users to search multiple Web indexes simultaneously. For example, you could search for "types of trees" and get results from Yahoo, Lycos, and WebCrawler, all displayed on the same page.

MetaCrawler still exists, though the search sites it draws from have changed over the years.

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