WOF: What search engine did you use before Google?

Benny26

TechSpot Paladin
I remember typing the word "fart" into Ask Jeeves at school once...That's the only memory i have before Google.
 

posermobile89

TS Rookie
There were search engines before Google? I don't know what I used. I remember visiting askjeeves, dogpile, metacrawler and other various ones but didn't use them extensively because I never really found what I wanted...until Google :)
 

fpsgamerJR62

TS Rookie
I don't remember using another search engine aside from Google. In the middle to late 90's, when I needed to look something up, I remember using a Webster dictionary, some Readers Digest reference books and an old set of encyclopedias from my college days. Back then I was running the Netscape browser on a crappy dial-up connection and manual search was definitely faster.
 

WinXPert

TS Guru
i've also used webferret for a while but that was after google.

FYI google's search engine was formerly called backrub
 
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Guest

I used Altavista until about a year after Google came out. Stuck with Google ever since.
 

siiix

TS Rookie
yahoo and occasionally altavista and msn... how can google just be 80% right now ? its not that google is that great, its more like the others are completely useless, cant see anyone using anything else at the moment
 
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Guest

Oh lawd, that was so long ago. Dogpile, I think? I remember some more like Jeeves, Alta Vista, and InfoSeek, but Dogpile sticks out the most in my memory.
 

yukka

TechSpot Paladin
Yahoo first. If I didnt find what I needed there I went to Altavista. That was around 1996/7 when I first got on the internet. I changed to google around 2000. It was less to type in :)
 

T77

TS Enthusiast
i got my first pc in 2002 and since then i use only google and i didnt know of any other alternative back then.:p
 

taimuraly

TS Booster
I used Altavista too. So far after scanning the comments I have counted about 25 users of Altavista (including the Author) that switched to Google =)
 
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Guest

altavista until '04 or so then google. also used to use babelfish quite frequently until '08 or so when google translate became a better option for me. now it's still google although I hate it when I travel to a new country and can't get out of local language (i do know the fix, but it's still frustrating)
 
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Guest

used yahoo! before but they show a lot of information
i really don't care about.

so i switched to google where everytime i load the homepage,
it will only show the logo and the search bar...