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.

Google at Stanford (1997)



In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin began a search engine research project at Stanford University called "Backrub," which used analysis of Website back links to determine search relevance--a novel approach at the time. Backrub then became "Google," but spent the rest of 1997 hosted by Stanford at google.stanford.edu.

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