Old Search Engines

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Search Engines of Old

I have been seeing lots of talk about old search engines and kinda looking back at how some of them used to look. It is very interesting to glance back and see what company’s like MSN, Yahoo, and Google have done to get where they are now, whether it be good or bad, so after doing some research I put together a few pictures on some old search engines and how they looked a while back. You can do the same by using The Wayback Machine.

GOOGLE

I think it’s interesting to note how much Google has & hasn’t changed! This is an image of the old search engine Google but really they have kept the clean look and, as we know now, their leaning to a more ‘cleaner’ look.

Google Search Engine in December 1998

Google Old Search Engine in December 1998

ALTAVISTA

In the late 90’s, AltaVista was a ‘Google’ and was the most popular search engine of its time. It is now owned and powered by Yahoo. It’s definitely an old search engine for sure.

AltaVista Search Engine in October 1996

AltaVista Old Search Engine in October 1996

Yahoo

Yahoo was an early spark to search and is still popular among tons of online users.

Yahoo Search Engine in October 1996

Yahoo Search Old Search Engine in October 1996

MSN

Search has never been the primary focus for MSN, but as time progresses they strive to be noticed
in the search world. They have a ways to go but one day they may just get there – until then – check out this old search engine image of MSN.

MSN Search Engine in December 1998

MSN Old Search Engine in December 1998

CNET

CNET in October 1996

CNET in October 1996

AskJeeves

Question based search engine instead of the common keyword search was also a popular old search engine in it’s own time. I remember my teachers in school recommend we use this old search engine but at the time, it seemed to work great! AskJeeves fired Jeeves and then became Ask.com and has quickly lost any popularity it once had.

AskJeeves, now Ask.com in April 1997

AskJeeves, now Ask.com in April 1997

Lycos

Lycos Search Engine in October 1996

Lycos Old Search Engine in October 1996

Excite

Currently owned by Ask.com, Excite was an early runner against Yahoo by becoming an ISP & a search engine.

Excite Old Search Engine in October 1996

Excite Old Search Engine in October 1996

DogPile

DOGPILE Old Search Engine in June 1997

DOGPILE Old Search Engine in June 1997

I think it is so interesting to see how the search industry is changing day by day and even hour by hour. I love being involved in this great industry! And as we all know Google is the best search engine out there currently but what will be the ‘BEST’ in 7 years? We can only stand by and watch.

Do you remember any other great old search engines you used back ‘in-the-day’?