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Yahoo, Excite and SOP (1995)

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Yahoo! was among the most popular ways for people to find web pages of interest, but its search function operated on its web directory, rather than full-text copies of web pages. Information seekers could also browse the directory instead of doing a keyword-based search. In 1995, Open Text provided the search technology used by Yahoo! as part of its Web index.

In 1996, Netscape was looking to give a single search engine an exclusive deal to be their featured search engine. Resultantly five major Search Engines were Yahoo!, Magellan, Lycos, Infoseek, and Excite joined the deal. Excite is an Internet portal, and as one of the major “dotcom” “portals” of the 1990s (along with Yahoo!, Lycos and Netscape), it was once one of the most recognized brands on the Internet.

Excite first appeared at the end of 1995 and was one of a spate of launches by the new ‘crawler’ based search engines, sending out spiders to record websites and build a searchable index – others from this time were AltaVista, Lycos, WebCrawler and Infoseek. SAPO was created on September 4, 1995 at the University of Aveiro by seven members of the Computer Science Center of the University.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 4:57 am

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