January 25, 2011

old search engines never die

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 8:26 pm by weiszguy

Back in the early (pre-Google) days of the internet there were many, many, MANY, search engines vying for your searches. One of these, Yahoo!, has succeeded (at least so far). But when’s the last time you heard of AltaVista, Excite, Hotbot, Lycos, or MyWay? Guess what? They’re still there!

Why are they still there? Is it forĀ nostalgicĀ purposes? Somebody just can’t bear to pull the plug on a bit of internet history? Is it possible these engines are still making money? Surely not.

Why didn’t they succeed? They weren’t properly capitalized? They were too confusing? Not a cool enough name?