Search Engine History

Nowadays we take the existence of search engines, especially Google (and Bing) as normal and for many among us a life without Google would be hard to imagine. Whether it is because they are not older than 20 yet and have grown up in a world dominated by technology and the internet, or because they are baby boomers, probably having taken out more than one credit loan over the last two decades.

Let’s face it: search engines are everywhere nowadays and have become an integral part of our life, invading our space ever more. Whether it is web surfing the web on your computer, browsing with your smartphone or even looking for directions online. Google and co. are the starting point for many users online. But how did it come this far and how did search engines evolve over the last two decades? We looked at the history of the crawlers and if you thought there was only Google, Yahoo and Bing this infographic will show you how wrong you are. For the internet nerds among us, let this infographic take you on a trip down memory lane.

Sadly the complexity and huge number of search engines made it impossible to include every single search engine available. Huge thanks to the awesome team at Infographiclabs for this analysis of the search engine history.

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  1. I remember there being another engine around 1996 and 1997 called Magellan. But Infoseek was my favourite as it was easy to exploit for SEO.

  2. awesome stuff..

  3. wel written about the history of search engines and many more.

  4. I need a search engine to navigate this

  5. Now that search engines dominate internet traffic, we’re also starting to get tracked and our privacy is at risk. AOL actually ran a search engine and accidentally leaked all the search data online. Imagine what the implications are. Would you like everyone to know what you searched for in the past week?

    For me, I use a VPN to make sure I’m anonymous online. But, honestly, the best way would be to disable all cookies and never register for any site period, ever. That way your IP is not associated with any identity. But, obviously that’s impossible; and for most people too late.

  6. Everyday I use search engine..Google I love you

  7. what about “NETEX”??/

  8. I am an IT professional. I cant believe a day without google, yahoo or bing.
    I earn my bread and butter coz of them.
    Thanks alot google, yahoo and bing. :)

    God bless google, yahoo and bing ;)

  9. silicon-child says:

    When I was four in 1966, my father showed me the integrated circuits he made, showing me what looked like a silvery paint circle. Thirty years later, my World Wide Web site was part of a web-ring.
    Page-rank that!

  10. Of course, Yahoo is now Powered by Bing (check the text at the bottom of a Yahoo search). Making Bing now well over 10% of the web searches.

  11. Maybe I am reading the chart wrong, but every other search engine market share statistic I read shows Google with 65% of the market share, whereas this shows almost 85%. Am I missing something?

  12. Great info, thanks for shared.

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    Thanks

  13. Does http://www.wolframalpha.com/ count as a search engine or is it considered niche?

  14. Hm, but Yandex have < 0.2%? More then half Russia uses the Yandex

  15. That “57% of internet users search every day” stat seems low.

  16. I think people everywhere are in too deep with this modern “web”, & it’s hard to imagine life without search engines anymore.

  17. Thats relly an up-to -date info .

    spread it all over. I LOVE GOOGLE .
    I

  18. Wow, cool. I remember the times searching with yahoo, ask and so on very well ;o) But thes times are gone, and google ist the one ;o)

  19. It’s a great help to know that search engines are a boom now a days. With one question there now seemed to be a lot of answers. Thanks to Google i can find answers to my questions…

  20. Hey! What you want to tell us with this heavy pack figure. Are these statistics are really reliable?

  21. I love me google. Thanks for this

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