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Weekend Open Forum: The first search engine I ever used

By Julio Franco
Nov 22, 2014
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  1. In today's web, search is almost taken for granted. In most parts of the world it's a three way street, with Google, Bing and Yahoo taking up a majority of the search pie (plus Baidu in China). Google is by far...

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  2. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 469   +97

    I honestly don't ever remember really using anything but Google. I'm 26, so I'm probably too young to have ever remembered a time when Google wasn't the dominant search engine.
     
  3. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 991   +90

    Webcrawler and dogpile come to mind though I remember using askjeeves and excite as well.
     
  4. blackbellysheep

    blackbellysheep TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Webspider and yahoo
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I've kind of forgotten but I think it was Altavista and Excite.
     
  6. Yahoo, Altavista and Hot Bot on that order.
    I remember the first time I used google and I though what the hell is this white blank page. :D
     
  7. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 225   +84

    We're talking late 1997 (October I think). The first I used was also Yahoo!. I remember I also used a web search program called WebFeerret and I just found out it still exists!.
     
  8. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 289   +73

    I started off using WebCrawler and AltaVista. Of course this was 1994/1995 time frame, so Yahoo was still in its early stages, but I did switch to Yahoo! in late 1995.
     
  9. bounca99

    bounca99 TS Rookie

    Lycos!
     
  10. StartupCatchup

    StartupCatchup TS Rookie

    Definitely remember Altavista and good old Ask Jeeves. It's amazing to see how much has changed over the years
     
  11. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    I'm from Norway, so the first one I used was a Norwegian one called Kvasir (.no). Then Yahoo later on. I've ended up on Google, as it's usually the one that feeds me the right results.
     
  12. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    WebCrawler and Lycos. Man, that brings back some sloooooooooow memories.
     
  13. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 62   +29

    I don't remember what the search engine I used was. I was housesitting for someone in I think 1996 or 97. I decided to see if there were any games on their computer and I remember clicking the Netscape Navigator icon. It was the first time I ever heard a modem dialing, and my first ever experience with the internet. I had no idea what I was doing and it was so slow, I gave up after waiting like ten minutes for a page to load and went to watch Groundhog Day instead.

    I do remember using Lycos, Hotbot, Webcrawler and eventually Altavista.
     
  14. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Yahoo's engine
     
  15. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Addict Posts: 278   +142

    I remember Hot bot, dogpile, and altavista. If I recall correctly Altavista was one of the first that offered language translation and I was taking German in school at the time so I used it a lot.
     
  16. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,549   +852

    Google
    There was also donkeydo or something
     
  17. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 705   +180

    Man, if you remember that....hooo BOY
     
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,034

    WebFerret, around '94 I think. And you can still use to this day.
     
  19. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +56

    I think my nieces introduced me to this search, webcrawper.
     
  20. Seraphim401

    Seraphim401 TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +12

    Go.com
     
  21. Shawn Knight

    Shawn Knight TechSpot Staff Posts: 8,073   +96

    Webcrawler in the mid-90s on my cousin's computer. I think I used AltaVista for a bit before switching to Google once I got my own PC.
     
  22. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 707   +168

    Ask Jeeves. It was 1999 and I was doing a 3rd grade report on wolves. It was the first time I had ever used my school's computer lab.
     
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    'Inter-web Bulletin Board locator"
     
  24. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 120   +17

    Yahoo and AltaVista, mid 90's, on a Commodore Amiga. Oh what fun that was configuring for the Internet, using Compuserve for dial-up...
     
  25. Gopher and Veronica in 1994 :)
     

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