History of Search Engines and Directories - Search Engine History



Below is an outline showing a summary of the history of search engines and directories. This outline is updated as historical events occur within the search engine industry and as new information becomes available about past search engine history.

We no longer maintain this area as it has come down to Google, Yahoo!, Bing (previously MSN/Live), and Ask. Google is by far the most active of the four as evidenced by our Top Search Engines coverage.

This historical outline is an excellent resource for a pre Google search engine history timeline. See additional resources and references for the history of search engines.

Search Engine History last modified: 2009-01-12

Search Engines Historical Timeline

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

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1999

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1998

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1996

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1995

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1994

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1993

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1992

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1991

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1990

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Admin Note: The authors of the above search engine history summary do not claim that the dates indicated are 100% accurate. We've researched multiple documents from various resources and have ascertained that the dates above are an approximation based on the search engine history information we've obtained. Some dates represent inception of the search engine or directory. Other dates are actual launch dates where the search engine or directory was made available to the public.

Additional Resources and References for Search Engine History

  1. Search Engine History
    http://www.SearchEngineHistory.com/
    A comprehensive overview of the history of search engine technology companies. Read about search's origin in 1945 and innovation through 2007. Search Engine History is published by Aaron Wall.
  2. Wikipedia - Web Search Engine
    http://EN.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine#History
    As of late 2007, Google was by far the most popular Web search engine worldwide. A number of country-specific search engine companies have become prominent; for example Baidu is the most popular search engine in the People's Republic of China and guruji.com in India.
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