Search Engine History – Web Search Before Google

A recent article called Search Engine History – Web Search Before Google

Although it didn’t have a public face (as far as I remember), I think of IBM’s Clever as the forefather of today’s internet search. It was built around hubs and authorities before Google.

Too bad LookSmart doesn’t get a mention in this article (and Yahoo does). We powered parts or all of directory search for MSN, Excite, AltaVista.

Note that Snap/NBCi where I worked comes in with a whopping 1.58% market share!

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