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Dinosaur Sightings: Old Search Engines

The new kid on the block for search engines is Cuil. Search engines have been around as long as the Internet however. Here's a look back at some of the first homepages of search engines that are still around today, and some that have passed on.

The images you see on the following pages come from The Wayback Machine.

Here's the homepage of Cuil, the newest search engine which claims to have the largest Web index on the planet.

6 comments
Ceespace
Ceespace

ahhhh - I haven't seen that for years I used to use that along with Yahoo ahh those were the days!

ed.adams
ed.adams

Yeah, Cuil has a way to go. Tried "fake BSOD" since I have been cleaning a lot of virus riddled systems lately. Zero hits, but plenty when I actually spelled out "Blue Screen of Death". Since BSOD is now part of the vernacular, what is up with that? Is there anyone computer savvy who doesn't know what BSOD is, and use the acronym more frequently than spelling it out?

rtillotson
rtillotson

What about the meta search engine Copernic that has been around for probably a decade and still is used by many?

sonotsky
sonotsky

Having heard of Cuil for the first time with this article, I took it upon myself to perform a couple of searches to see if Cuil really did return more results than Google. I tried "virtual i/o server commands" (I'm currently working with IBM's VIOS product). The results? Google = 182,000 results (382 if I quote the entire string) Cuil = ZERO results Not too encouraging... Search for "linux lvm": Google = 522,000 results (322,000 if quoted) Cuil = 42,058 results Cuil claims to search and index more pages than anyone else, but I'm just not seeing it so far. Granted, they also claim to use a completely different algorithm to rank pages, but I would still expect to see higher hit counts with such grandiose statements.

david_peers
david_peers

Sadly the english language is being killed without more acronyms,Shakespear must be turning in his grave! fortunately there is a limit to the number of permutations that can be used. even less when those registered or course are taken out SONY, FORD etc, etc, spell it out so there is no doubt where it comes from. ie that mob that hides corrections to its riddled software.and tries to hide under kb123456....they want to continually download at 3:00am when they think everyone is a sleep. Anyway some smart ass lawyer would no doubt argue if it is not registered, all be it in microdot font that it does not clearly identify. where it originated.