15 Most Popular Search Engines of All Times

Search engines, now, have become an inseparable part of our lives. With a click, you can access the world around you with search engines. Given below are some search engines that are widely used across the world.
  • Google
    This one needs no introduction, for it’s the world’s widely used and most popular search engine. The credit for developing this search engine goes to Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Google was launched in 1998. Recently, google incorporated changes in its algorithms and adopted Google Panda Update for delivering better search results to its users.
  • Bing
    Launched by Microsoft, it was initially known as Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search. As of August this year, Bing uses the ‘Tiger’ indexing technology for indexing the pages.
  • Yahoo Search
    Claimed to be second largest search engine on the web, Yahoo Search was launched in 2003 and is now powered by Bing. In July 2008, Yahoo! Search announced the introduction of a new service called “Build Your Own Search Service,” or BOSS. This service opens the doors for developers to use Yahoo!’s system for indexing information and images and create their own custom search engine.
  • Alexa
    A subsidiary company of Amazon.com, it was founded in 1996 Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat. Amazon acquired it three years later for about $250 million.
  • GigaBlast
    Developed by Matt Wells in 2000, GigaBlast supports nested Boolean search logic using paranthesis and infix notation. It indexes as many as ten billion web pages.
  • Lycos
    Launched in 1994, Lycos encompasses a network of email, webhosting, social networking, and entertainment websites.
  • Live Search
    Again a Microsoft Search engine, this was formerly known as MSN Search and Windows Live Search.
  • AOL Search (American Online)
    This search engine is powered by Google. Launched in 1985, it was not only a search engine but also an internet service provider.
  • Galaxy
    Basically a directory, Galaxy, too, was launched in 1994. It was the first searchable internet directory.
  • All the Web
    It’s basically a search tool which is owned by Yahoo and using its database, but presenting results differently.
  • HotBot
    Launched in 1996 by Wired Magazine, HotBot is now owned by Lycos. However, HotBot is now just a front end for third-party search engines Yahoo.com, and MSN, as well as Lycos’ own lyGo.com.
  • Excite
    One of the widely acclaimed brands on the internet in 1990′s, Excite is s a collection of Internet sites and services owned by IAC Search & Media, which is a subsidiary ofInterActive Corporation (IAC).
  • Go.com
    Popular as Go Network, it is owned by Walt Disney Internet Group, a part of Walt Disney Company. Go.com was created by Jeff Gold in 1995.
  • Cuil
    This search engine came up in 2008 but quickly died. Cuil claimed to be the largest search engine, indexing as many 10 times as many pages as MS and three times that of Google.
  • AltaVista
    Brainchild of Digital Equipment Corporation’s Western Research Laboratory, this search engine was launched in 1995. It was later owned by Yahoo. However in 2010, Yahoo announced to discontinue it. With the rise of Google, AltaVista lost a considerable amount of its Market Share.

About The Author

Mr. Maulik Shah, the CEO of Bizteh Consultancy, has nurtured the company with his technocratic and entrepreneurial expertise, and also expresses his thoughts frequently on this blog. He can be found churning some brain storming ideas, if not involved talking with his clients.