Search Engines: There’s LOTS more than only Google!
I found this link earlier in the week….and thought I’d share it with our readers…and for me having been on the web since the days of Lynx and text-only based communication….it’s surely a look back to the past!
Search engines…there’ve been a few…and here’s the link to same - http://www.thesearchenginelist.com/ – and it’s a long long scrolling list that for many of us brings back memories.
The owner of same, has categorized all of the more than 100 engines into Types, like All-Purpose Search Engines, Accounting, Games, Human Search…the list is a long one.
But the interesting thing – at least to me – is the list brings back many of those “oh…gee…ain’t seen that logo in years” type of memories and the owner has not only included every single engine I can recall, but has also added in what’s happened to same over the past years too!
Here’s some of my favourites…
HotBot: was a fav of mine back in the mid ’90s as I remember…and I felt loyal to same as it was started up by WIRED magazine…..and currently it’s just a front end for the MSN about.com index….but I just checked and yup, site rankings I had back then still exist, eh! Cool!
AltaVista: Launched in 1995, built by researchers at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Western Research Laboratory…from 1996 powered Yahoo! Search, since 2003 – Yahoo technology powers AltaVista. I remember hearing much hype on this engine too….that it was “built by nerds” for nerds…and that it was the newest shiny-est thing to use!
WebCrawler: was used to build the first publicly-available full-text index of a subset of the Web. WebCrawler® brings users the top search results from Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live, Ask and other popular search engines. As I remember it, when you searched on this one, the little legs on the spider were an animated .gif that I thought (at the time) was sorta cute!
About.com: is my old MiningCompany employer….where the owners hired about a thousand of us “experts” to curate and develop our own areas of expertise….my own was Games and I wrote all of that site content for I think like 4 years and got well paid for same – oh, and as the online expert of same, I got more than 2500 game sent directly to me to test, evalutate, review and perhaps write about…. I’m not much truthfully of a gamer, but it made my youngest son the most popular kid in the neighbourhood!
BlackDuck: wouldn’t be right not to mention that way way down at the bottom in the Source Code category, is the link to Koders – but that name was changed a few years back to BlackDuck….and if you’re a coder and you want to know about say a php handler to close a popup window, this engine searches it’s 21 billion lines of code for that type of code snippet for you….love this!!!Google