WOF: What search engine did you use before Google?


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


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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 :)


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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.


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

FYI google's search engine was formerly called backrub


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


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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


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.


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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 :)


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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


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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 =)


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)


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...