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Though the Web became publicly available in 1990, the first web search engine didn’t arrive until 1993. Up until then, all websites were manually tracked and indexed by people.

And while we now recognize Google as the king of web search What Do Bing And Yahoo Have That Google Doesn't? What Do Bing And Yahoo Have That Google Doesn't? While Google has everything that you might need, it has its shortcomings when pitted against some of the features Bing and Yahoo! have. Google isn't perfect, and I'm here to tell you why. Read More , Google wasn’t even in the game until 1998. During that five-year gap, twenty other search engines had their chance at glory, and most of them failed. You might even remember some of them.

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WebCrawler (1994). Of all still-surviving search engines, WebCrawler is the oldest. Today, it aggregates results from Google and Yahoo.

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Lycos (1994). Born out of Carnegie Mellon University and still alive today. Also owns several other nostalgic Internet brands 7 Ancient Internet Trends That Affect The Web Today 7 Ancient Internet Trends That Affect The Web Today Today's web might not look or feel like the web of the 1990s, but you'd be surprised by how much of it is actually the same when you dive beneath the surface. Read More , including Angelfire, Tripod, and Gamesville.

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AltaVista (1995). This was one of the most popular search engines in the 1990s, but was acquired by Yahoo in 2003 and subsequently shut down in 2013.

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Excite (1995). One of the most recognizable brands back in the 1990s, but has since fallen out of the spotlight.

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Yahoo (1995). Definitely one of the strongest pre-Google brands to still exist today The 5 Most Advanced Search Engines On The Web The 5 Most Advanced Search Engines On The Web Read More . In fact, according to Alexa, Yahoo was the 4th most globally-visited website in June 2015. Impressive!

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Dogpile (1996). It has a terrible brand name The Worst Tech Company Names of All Time The Worst Tech Company Names of All Time Heed these terrible names as examples of what not to do, should you ever find yourself naming a company. Read More , but maybe that’s what made it memorable. Today, Dogpile aggregates results from Google, Yahoo, and the Russian search engine, Yandex (which is also older than Google!).

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Ask Jeeves (1996). This engine was unique due to its question-and-answer format, plus it had a memorable mascot in Jeeves the Butler. Sadly, Jeeves was eventually phased out and the site rebranded to Ask.com. (Not to be confused with AskBoth 4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing 4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing The Google search engine is a fantastic resource for those of us who spend half our lives online, hence its inclusion in the list of the 7 wonders of the Web, but it isn't the... Read More .)

How many of these do you remember? Which one was your favorite? Do you still use any of these? Tell us in the comments below!

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