Searching has become a lucrative business, and as a result there are many competitors in the industry, each occupying their own niche. Over the last few years, there has been a flurry of mergers and acquisitions, as the major players grow ever larger. As a result, the search engine industry is essentially an oligopoly, with a few big guns ruling the roost with most of the market share.
The Bigwigs of Search
|Search engine||Own search technology||Powers over 80% of searches performed internationally|
|Yahoo!||Search engine and directory||Own search technology and editors||World's largest human directory until the switch to crawler-based results in Feb 2004.|
|MSN Search||Search engine||Own search technology||Recently launched its own crawler-based technology; previously received results from Yahoo!|
|Ask Jeeves||Search engine||Teoma||The first "natural language" search engine|
|All the Web||Search engine||Yahoo!||Offering search for multimedia files|
|AOL Search||Search Engine||AOL's "internal" search engine|
|Hot Bot||Search Engine||Yahoo!, Google, Teoma|
|Teoma||Search Engine||Ask Jeeves|
|Alta Vista||Search Engine||Yahoo!|
|Lycos||Directory and search engine||Looksmart, Yahoo!||One of the oldest search engines on the web|
|Netscape Search||Search Engine||Owned by AOL Time Warner|
|Looksmart||Directory||Commercial sponsored listings, own editors||Also incorporates results from the Zeal directory|
|Open Directory||Directory||Own editors||Feeds the Google Directory|
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