WOF: What search engine did you use before Google?

By Jos ยท 112 replies
Feb 4, 2011
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  1. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I remember typing the word "fart" into Ask Jeeves at school once...That's the only memory i have before Google.
  2. posermobile89

    posermobile89 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    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 :)
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

  4. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    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.
  5. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 67

    Altavista and Hotbot.
  6. 0192837465

    0192837465 TS Enthusiast Posts: 21

  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    late 90s yahoo commercials got me
  8. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Google for me
  9. yahoo for me!
  10. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Ask Jeeves
  11. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

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

    FYI google's search engine was formerly called backrub
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Mostly hotbot, sometimes lycos.
  13. I used Altavista until about a year after Google came out. Stuck with Google ever since.
  14. siiix

    siiix TS Rookie Posts: 29

    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
  15. 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.
  16. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    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 :)
  17. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 236   +50

    I used Hotbot and Yahoo. Then Google changed the world. Bing seems ok, but i still Google.
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +461

    Altavista and Dogpile
  19. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    Ask Jeeves for me. That was probably the first thing on the internet I used.
  20. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    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
  21. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +168

  22. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

  23. taimuraly

    taimuraly TS Booster Posts: 113

    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 =)
  24. 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)
  25. 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...

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