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MSN Search and GoodSearch (2005)

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MSN Search was a search engine by Microsoft that comprised a search engine, index, and web crawler. MSN Search first launched in the third quarter of 1998 and used search results from Inktomi. In early 1999, MSN Search launched a version which displayed listings from Looksmart blended with results from Inktomi except for a short time in 1999 when results from AltaVista were used instead.

Since then Microsoft upgraded MSN Search to provide its own self-built search engine results, the index of which was updated weekly and sometimes daily. The upgrade started as a beta program in November 2004, and came out of beta in Feb 2005. Image search was powered by a third party, Picsearch. The service also started providing its search results to other search engine portals in an effort to better compete in the market.

GoodSearch was a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates 50% of its revenue, about a penny per search, to listed American charities and schools designated by its users. The money donated comes from the site’s advertisers. SearchMe was a visual search engine based in Mountain View, California. It organized search results as snapshots of web pages.
SearchMe was founded in March 2005 by Randy Adams and John Holland.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 5:02 am

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