20 Years of Internet Search

September 10th, 2010 by Benj Edwards

20 Years of Internet Search on PC World.com

The Internet’s first search engine, Archie, launched 20 years ago today. To celebrate this occasion, I decided to look back at the early days of many search engines (mostly web) of the past 20 years. The resulting slideshow is up on PC World.com for all to see. I hope you enjoy it.

9 Responses to “20 Years of Internet Search”

  1. Jurgi Says:

    I adore old computer magazines form the eighties. Your presetations remind me that old, good style of writing. 🙂

  2. Benj Edwards Says:

    Wow, Jurgi, that’s quite a compliment. Thanks!

  3. GamesOgre Says:

    Well done! Those search engine’s bring back some memories. We’ve come a long way.

  4. Lost Chauncy Says:

    Great slideshow Benj. Looking back at those old screenshots it’s a marvel to think, it’s only been 20 years…

  5. SirPaul Says:

    Great article as always, Benj.

  6. Benj Edwards Says:

    Thanks, guys. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Jay Says:

    I remember Lycos being even more primitive than that! Remember before web forms, when it was a “searchable index” and you had to manually choose the server with the lowest load?

  8. Benj Edwards Says:

    I’m sure you’re right, Jay. I couldn’t find a screenshot of Lycos older than the one you see in the slideshow. It’s not the earliest version of the Lycos website.

  9. Soru Says:

    Amazing! It’s the first time I hear about Archie. I only have the internet at home for a decade.

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