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Yahoo! Search (2004)

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Yahoo! Search is a web search engine, owned by Yahoo! Inc. Originally, Yahoo! Search started as a web directory of other websites, organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages. In the late 1990s, Yahoo! evolved into a full-fledged portal with a search interface. Yahoo! Search, originally referred to as Yahoo! provided Search interface, would send queries to a searchable index of pages supplemented with its directory of sites. The results were presented to the user under the Yahoo! brand.

In 2003, Yahoo! purchased Overture Services, Inc., which owned the AlltheWeb and AltaVista search engines. Initially, even though Yahoo! owned multiple search engines, they didn’t use them on the main yahoo.com website, but kept using Google’s search engine for its results. Starting in 2003, Yahoo! Search became its own web crawler-based search engine, with a reinvented crawler called Yahoo! Slurp. Yahoo! Search combined the capabilities of all the search engine companies they had acquired, with its existing research, and put them into a single search engine. Sogou was a Chinese search engine which can search text, images, music, and maps. It was launched 4 August 2004.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 5:01 am

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