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Major Search Engines

Google: Google is the world's most popular search engine. It began as a search project in 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who were two Ph.D. students at Stanford University. They developed a search engine algorithm that ranked Web pages not just by content and keywords, but by how many other Web pages linked to each page. This strategy produced more useful results than other search engines, and led to a rapid increase in Google's Web search marketshare. The Google ranking algorithm was later named "PageRank" and was patented in September of 2001. In only a short time, Google became the number one search engine in the world.

Yahoo: With more than 21 million unique users in the U.S. and 90 million worldwide, Yahoo! Answers is the largest knowledge-sharing community on the Web. It’s an online community where anyone can ask and answer questions on any topic. Yahoo! Answers connects people to the information they’re seeking with those who know it. Everyone has life experience and knowledge about something, and Yahoo! Answers provides a way for people to share their experience and insight.

MSN: Windows Live Messenger (formerly named MSN Messenger, and colloquially referred to as simply MSN is an instant messaging client created by Microsoft that is currently designed to work with Windows XP (32-bit XP only), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Mobile. The client has been part of Microsoft's Windows Live set of online services since 2005. It connects to Microsoft's .NET Messenger Service. The client was first released as MSN Messenger on July 22, 1999, and as Windows Live Messenger on December 13, 2005. The service attracts over 330 million active users each month.

Alexa: Founded in April 1996, Alexa is not your typical search engine/directory. Rather, it is a web service whose directory is based on the DMOZ Directory structure, and a search engine which pulls data from Google. In June of 1999, Alexa was purchased by Amazon.com.

Alta Vista: Alta Vista has a tendency to return different results at different times of the day. If you are not satisfied with your results, try refreshing the page or trying back at a different time of the day.

Ask.com: Ask.com (or Ask Jeeves in the United Kingdom) is a search engine started in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California. The original search engine software was implemented by Gary Chevsky from his own design. Chevsky, Justin Grant, and others built the early AskJeeves.com website around that core engine. Three venture capital firms, Highland Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and The RODA Group were early investors. Ask.com is currently owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp under the NASDAQ symbol IACI.

AOL: AOL, L.L.C. (also known by its callsign meaning America Online) is an American global Internet services and media company operated by Time Warner. It is headquartered at 770 Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1983 as Quantum Computer Services, it has franchised its services to companies in several nations around the world or set up international versions of its services.

AOL is best known for its online software suite, also called AOL, that allowed millions of customers around the world to access the world's largest "walled garden" online community and eventually reach out to the internet as a whole. At its zenith, AOL's membership was over 30 million members worldwide, most of whom accessed the AOL service through the AOL software suite.

Netscape: Netscape Communications (formerly known as Netscape Communications Corporation and commonly known as Netscape) was a US computer services company, best known for its web browser. The browser was once dominant in terms of usage share, but lost most of that share to Internet Explorer during the first browser war. By the end of 2006, the usage share of Netscape browsers had fallen, from over 90% in the mid 1990s, to less than 1%. Netscape developed the Secure Sockets Layer Protocol (SSL) used for securing online communication, which is still widely used.

Rediff: Rediff.com India, NASDAQ: REDF is a news, information, entertainment, and shopping portal. It was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India with offices in New Delhi and New York City, USA.

According to Alexa, Rediff is the No. 5 Indian web portal. It is the only India-based website to appear in the first 100 websites. It has more than 250 employees. 87.8% of the millions of visitors to Rediff.com are from India, while the rest come primarily from the USA(3.4%) and China. In April 2001, Rediff.com acquired and began offering India Abroad. It is ranked 94 on Alexa.

DMOZ: The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as Dmoz (from directory.mozilla.org, its original domain name), is a multilingual open content directory of World Wide Web links owned by Netscape that is constructed and maintained by a community of volunteer editors. ODP uses a hierarchical ontology scheme for organizing site listings. Listings on a similar topic are grouped into categories, which can then include smaller categories.

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