A Brief History of Search

    August 4, 2005

The SEO Consultants Directory is a useful resource for search marketers and potential clients of SEM firms.

As a peer review network, SEO Consultants helps clients find reputable SEM firms. It also has a few surprises for its users, one of which I stumbled upon today while researching another story.

History buffs will be interested to see a simple but fairly detailed chart of the history of search engines dating back to the development of ARCHIE in 1990. The chart has only eight entries between 1990 and mid 1993, but things start to pick up in March of ’93 when Bill Clinton sent the first email message.

According to the chart, Yahoo! was released days after the release of WebCrawler in April 1994. Two months later, Lycos began sorting the web. Within two years, another dozen search tools joined the original 3.

The chart provides a nostalgic look at the history of search engines. Anyone with an interest in how we found ourselves where we are today can find hours of self-directed infotainment.

Jim Hedger is the SEO Manager of StepForth Search Engine Placement Inc. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, StepForth is the result of the consolidation of BraveArt Website Management, Promotion Experts, and Phoenix Creative Works, and has provided professional search engine placement and management services since 1997. http://www.stepforth.com/ Tel – 250-385-1190 Toll Free – 877-385-5526 Fax – 250-385-1198