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WOF: What search engine did you use before Google?

By Jos
Feb 4, 2011
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  1. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Used Altavista mostly until Google came along like many here.
     
  2. Was there a search engine before Google? I'm no spring chicken (I can remember when computers had black screens with orange text and started at "C:" instead of a desktop) but I don't remember anything compelling before Google. I think I knew that Altavista existed but don't actually remember using it.
     
  3. Oh yeah (continued from reply #102) - I think I actually used WebCrawler in the 1990s
     
  4. lycos
    altavista
    aol
    yahoo
     
  5. I have used info.com for years now. I collects the search results from Google, Yahoo. Bing, Ask and About and presents them in a compiled page. It just doesn't make sense to use just one search engine when a metasearch engine like info.com can collect results from multiple search engines for you.
     
  6. Gopher

    10 chars.....
     
  7. I'm using Bing more, now that Google is screwing up their results page with unusable mini-instant previews that inadvertently pop-up when I never want them too.
    Bing's ok, not the best, but it's cleaner than google.
    fyi, I used to use altavista and askjeeves
     
  8. I also used AltaVista but now I actually use compact GooPlusPlus more often than Google. Not only does it include all the Google stuff but also a lot more specific niche search tools.
     
  9. Altavista --------------------------------
     
  10. I can't even remember!!
     
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Metacrawler.
     
     
  12. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    Altavista
     
  13. Yahoo! (which my Japanese friends tell me is still more popular than Google in Japan)
     


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