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WebCrawler (1994)

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Brian Pinkerton, a CSE student at the University of Washington, starts WebCrawler in his spare time. At first, WebCrawler was a desktop application, not a Web service as it is today. WebCrawler went live on the Web with a database containing pages from just over 4000 different Web sites. WebCrawler was the first Web search engine to provide full text search. It went live on April 20, 1994 and was created by Brian Pinkerton at the University of Washington. It was bought by America Online on June 1, 1995 and sold to Excite on April 1, 1997.

Pinkerton built a web interface to his WebCrawler program, which was released on April 20, 1994, with a database containing documents from over 6,000 web servers. The WebCrawler was unique in that it was the first web robot that was capable of indexing every word on a web page, while other bots were storing a URL, a title and at most 100 words.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 4:53 am

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