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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ALIWEB (1993)



ALIWEB (Archie-Like Indexing for the WEB) was the first search engine created specifically for the World Wide Web. It relied on site visitors to submit Web pages to its index.

Few people did so, however, and ALIWEB quickly faded into obscurity.

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