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Ask Jeeves and Northern Light (1996-1997)

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Ask Jeeves (Ask) was a search engine founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California. The original idea behind AskJeeves was to allow users to get answers to questions posed in everyday, natural language, as well as traditional keyword searching. The current still supports this, with added support for math, dictionary, and conversion questions.

Northern Light was to the search engine world what Apple was to the computer world. Shortly after its launch, NorthernLight like Apple, developed a fanatical following, but held a relatively small market share compared to the likes of Lycos and AltaVista. NorthernLight, from its founding in 1996 until January 2002, operated a Web search engine for public use. During this time period it also developed an enterprise offering of private custom search engines that it built for large corporate clients and marketed under the trade name SinglePoint.Yandex was the largest Russian Internet search engine.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

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