Popular Search Engines in the 90’s: Then and Now

In the heydays of the internet – when Google wasn’t the only search engine people used to seek information on the web – web surfers (I bet you haven’t heard that term in a while) had several options for finding what they needed on the net.

This article harks back to the days of AltaVista, HotBot, and when Ask was still Ask Jeeves. You’ll see how the web designs of ubiquitous search engines of the past have evolved through time. Put your nostalgia hats on as we travel back to the ancient times of the internet!

HotBot

1997

HotBot

1999

HotBot

2009

HotBot

Excite

1996

Excite

1998

Excite

2009

Excite

WebCrawler

1996

WebCrawler

1998

WebCrawler

2009

WebCrawler

Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com)

1999

Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com)

2009

Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com)

Yahoo!

1996

Yahoo!

2009

Yahoo!

The future

Yahoo!

Google

1998

Google

2009

Google

Dogpile

1998

Dogpile

2009

Dogpile

AltaVista

1998

Excite

2009

AltaVista

Lycos

1996

Lycos

1998

1998

2009

2009

MSN Search (now Bing)

1999

MSN Search (now Bing)

2009

MSN Search (now Bing)

AOL Search

1999

AOL Search

2009

2009

Infoseek (now Go.com)

1997

Infoseek (now Go.com)

2009

Infoseek (now Go.com)

Netscape Search

1999

Netscape Search

2009

Netscape Search

MetaCrawler

1996

MetaCrawler

1998

MetaCrawler

2009

MetaCrawler

All the Web

1999

All the Web

2009

All the Web

What was your favorite search engine (before Google)? How did search engines affect you in the early days of the web? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments.

* Screenshots courtesy of the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

Posted via web from webbuzz by urban-listening

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