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AlltheWeb, GenieKnows and Naver (1999)

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AlltheWeb is an Internet search engine that made its debut in mid-1999. AlltheWeb grew out of FTP Search, Tor Egge’s doctorate thesis at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which he started on in 1994, which in turn resulted in the formation of Fast Search and Transfer established on July 16, 1997. AlltheWeb was used primarily as a show piece site for FAST’s enterprise search engine. AlltheWeb had a few advantages over Google, such as a fresher database, more advanced search features, search clustering and a completely customizable look.

GenieKnows is a division of IT Interactive Services Inc., a privately owned vertical search engine company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. GenieKnows used algorithms to download, assess, and categorize web pages and index them for later matching with web search queries. Like many internet search engines, its revenue model centered on an online advertising platform and B2B transactions. Naver was by far the most popular search portal in South Korea, with a market share of over 70%, compared to 2% of Google.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 5:00 am

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