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InfoSeek

One of the first major search engines on the Web. In 1999, in partnership with the Walt Disney Company, it became Go.com (www.go.com). In 2001, Disney stopped providing the search capability on Go.com in order to focus on its other top-ranked websites, such as ESPN.com, ABCNews.com and Disney.com. Users can still perform a search on the site, which is powered by Yahoo Search. See Web search engines.



Web search engines

A website that maintains an index and short summaries of billions of pages on the Web, Google being the world's largest. Most search engine sites are free and paid for by ads. Yahoo was the first search engine to gain worldwide attention, and it initially indexed most of its content manually, creating a hierarchical directory that was put together by human observation. It was known then as a "directory" rather than a "search engine." However, as Web content grew exponentially, it became impossible to index everything manually.

Web Spiders
Most indexing is done automatically by Web "spiders," which are programs that "crawl" the Web around the clock looking for all the pages they can find. By following the links from one page to another, they scour billions of pages and summarize them in massive databases, which is what you query when you do a search.

Metasearching
"Metasearch" engines search other search engines and bring you results as if you went to each of them independently (see below).

The Deep Web
An enormous amount of content that websites offer resides in databases that are not exposed to the search engines like ordinary HTML pages with links to each other. This "deep Web," which is thousands of times larger than the public Web is accessible from the site itself and may require membership or a paid subscription.

The Portal
Many search engine sites evolved into a portal. Instead of offering content only from other websites, they have their own content and features such as free email, chat rooms and shopping. For information about all major search engines, visit www.searchenginewatch.com. See portal, Web white pages, Web yellow pages and information broker.

Search Engine Sites
Following are popular sites for searching any topic. If you do not find what you want at one site, try another, even if you use a metasearch engine. Spiders do not always find the same information at the same time.


  www.ask.com

  www.bing.com

  www.excite.com

  www.go.com

  www.google.com

  www.hotbot.com

  www.lycos.com

  www.webcrawler.com


  www.about.com           directory

  www.suite101.com        directory

  www.yahoo.com           directory


  www.dogpile.com         metasearch

  www.mamma.com           metasearch

  www.search.com          metasearch

  www.yippy.com           metasearch


  www.wolframalpha.com    computational





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Information Technology Association of Americainfotainment
information theoryinfotech
information utilityinfowar
information visualizationinfoware
information warehouseInfoWindow
information warfareinfra red
Informixinfranet
infosecInfranet Initiative Council
infosecurityinfrared

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