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Dogpile, Inktomi and HotBot (1996)

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Dogpile began operation in November 1996. The site was developed by Aaron Flin. Dogpile was a metasearch site. It searched multiple engines, filtered for duplicates and then presented the results to the user. Inktomi software was incorporated in the widely-used HotBot search engine, which displaced AltaVista as the leading web-crawler-based search engine, and which was in turn displaced by Google.The company Inktomi Corporation was initially founded based on the real-world success of the search engine they developed at the university. After the bursting of the dot-com bubble, Inktomi was acquired by Yahoo!

HotBot is one of the early Internet search engines and was launched in May 1996. It updated its search database more often than its competitors.HotBot was one of the first search engines to offer the ability to search within search results. HotBot also offered free webpage hosting, but only for a short time, and it was taken down without any notice to its users.HotBot proved itself to be one of the most powerful search engines of its day, with a spider capable of indexing 10 million pages a day. This meant HotBot not only had the most up to date list of available new sites and pages, but was capable of re-indexing all previously indexed pages to ensure they were all up to date as well.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

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    September 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

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