One of the most used types of WebPages on the internet is one that we take for granted. The search engine is such an important part of our web browsing experience that we sometimes forget how useful it really is.
A search engine allows us to categorize and make sense of the information that is available online. If there was no search engine you would have to know the exact web address of any site you wanted to visit. This would make finding new information very hard.
Lucky for us the search engine was invented. The first search engines began being created in 1993. There were several early pioneers in search engines that we owe a lot of the credit to. These include Martijn Kojer and Matthew Grey. The first commercial search engine program was called ALIWEB. It allowed users to submit their pages and crawled pages looking for meta information. This worked out well because it did not take up an extraordinarily large amount of bandwidth.
Later in the same year Excite was created. This was one of the first search engines that tried to make sense of the data and create a web directory. This idea would be put into place more commercially by Yahoo a couple of years later. In the mid 1990s there were hundreds of search engines, but the two big players were Yahoo and Lycos.
In 1996 Google was invented. It didn’t make a splash at first, but over time they have included features in their search engine that separated them from the pack. Their intuitive search features helped eliminate spam in the search results and their clean webpage was an oasis in an overcrowded internet. By the year 2001, Google was head and shoulders above the crowd, and at least for now they retain their crown as king of the search engine wars.