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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Ask Jeeves (1996)



Ask Jeeves encouraged users to search the Web using queries phrased in natural language, such as "How many readers does PC World have?" Jeeves, a fictional character who represented a valet, would then retrieve the answer to the best of his ability.

In 2006, Ask Jeeves dropped the "Jeeves" part of its name and became Ask.com.

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