What was your favorite search engine BEFORE Google...

Asif DaslAsif Dasl Posts: 2,116Member ■■■■■■■■□□
A simple question - what was your favorite search engine BEFORE Google or were you always on Google? This might be one for those of you who actually used 56k modems like!

I was a Altavista fanboy, every computer I touched got Altavista whether you liked it or not! I hate Yahoo! always have and I was a bit disappointed when Altavista got taken over by Yahoo.

Those of you that don't know what Altavista looked like this is picture of it!
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Go88C_d8bEs/TN1sWzoF4DI/AAAAAAAAAEk/_9_Cis-OKK4/s1600/altavista.jpg

So what did you use?
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  • Vask3nVask3n Posts: 517Member
    Also used Altavista, and others like Yahoo and AskJeeves (yes, lol)
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  • DevilWAHDevilWAH Posts: 2,997Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Wow Altavista, that brings back some memories, Google really did sound the death toll of a lot of search engines. You forget what a huge strep it was when it came along.
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  • kriscamaro68kriscamaro68 A+, Net+, Server+, Security+, Win7 MCP, Server 2012 Virtualization Specialist, MCSA 2012 Posts: 1,186Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    I used Yahoo then switched to Google and now use Bing.
  • Asif DaslAsif Dasl Posts: 2,116Member ■■■■■■■■□□
  • petedudepetedude Posts: 1,510Member
    Asif Dasl wrote: »
    I was a Altavista fanboy, every computer I touched got Altavista whether you liked it or not! I hate Yahoo! always have and I was a bit disappointed when Altavista got taken over by Yahoo.

    Do you have 33 1/3 RPM LPs laying around, too? :D

    Really, I dug Altavista too. Talk about a blast from the past to hear that name again. They were the better search engine for researching technical matters back in the day.

    Now, where'd I put that OS/2 disc? My Turbo Pascal book? :)
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  • DevilWAHDevilWAH Posts: 2,997Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I did that Bing vs Google challenge, tried it 4 times and the best result I got was 4 to 1 in Google's favor lol
    • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
    • An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties. It means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.
  • DevilWAHDevilWAH Posts: 2,997Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    we really need people to put their ages on here to :), remember altavista getting released, and dam it that was back in 1995!!!
    • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
    • An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties. It means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,721Mod Mod
    Back in the day I used Lycos, Excite and Altavista. From that went to Yahoo and nowadays use 90% Google, 10% Bing.
  • MTciscoguyMTciscoguy Posts: 552Member
    petedude wrote: »
    Do you have 33 1/3 RPM LPs laying around, too? :D

    Yup still have quite a few of them, in addition to hundreds of 45's and 78's, of course now a days, they normally get played on a USB turntable attached to a computer, but I still have a old tube amp, pre-amp and a nice set of Bose 901 series 3 speakers that get used once in a while. Of course, until google came along, my search engine of choice was Altavista.
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  • PristonPriston Posts: 999Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I went back and forth between google and yahoo for awhile, like 11 or 12 years ago. Now I just use google.
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  • wastedtimewastedtime Posts: 586Member
    A long time ago I used Hotbot primarily then would use yahoo and lycos if I didn't find what I was looking for there. That was between 14-17 years ago......then yahoo was my primary until i got on the google bandwagon I think it was about 2 years after its' launch.
  • AverageJoeAverageJoe Posts: 264Member
    Yahoo was the biggie, but I remember also using Webcrawler and Dogpile, circa mid-90s.
  • bryguybryguy Posts: 190Member
    Gopher! After that I used Excite for searches prior to Google.
  • stryder144stryder144 Posts: 1,544Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Altavista and Yahoo. I remember doing side-by-side searches, using two instances of Netscape, just to see which one was "better". Altavista always had a huge lead on Yahoo when it came to results. Damn. I miss Altavista.
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  • wd40wd40 CISA, eJPT, MCP, MCTS, CompTIA x 6 Posts: 987Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    Back in the day I used Lycos, Excite and Altavista. From that went to Yahoo and nowadays use 90% Google, 10% Bing.

    I used Lycos, Excite and Altavista "in this order :D", now it is 40% Yahoo and 60% Google.
  • jvrlopezjvrlopez Posts: 911Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    MSN, Altavista, Yahoo, and then Google.

    Anyone remember those sidebar (like the favorite/history side panel) search engines in IE? I can't imagine using those now.
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  • NinjaBoyNinjaBoy Posts: 968Member
    In order of use:

    Yahoo
    AltaVista
    Excite & Dogpile joint 3rd
  • lincis_auslincis_aus Posts: 50Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Yahoo
    Dogpile
  • Kai123Kai123 Posts: 364Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    AltaVista.
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Lycos .. I also used Astalavista.box.sk (for stuff ... and things ...)
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  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 CISSP CISM CISA CRISC CCSP CCSK eJPT GCIA GSEC CEH CHFI ITIL-F AWS-CCP Posts: 2,759Mod Mod
    I was a huge Altavista guy back in the day. I also used Lycos as well, and used Yahoo for the directories. Now it's purely Google (more by habit than anything else).

    I'm only 32, but man I miss the old days of the internet, Geocities!!
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  • Kai123Kai123 Posts: 364Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Anyone remember Netscape Navigator?
  • 5ekurity5ekurity Posts: 346Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Yahoo, Webcrawler and Dogpile...and yes I loaded up Netscape Navigator on the school computers I worked on because IE was just unbearable.
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Kai123 wrote: »
    Anyone remember Netscape Navigator?

    Oh yea ... Forgot about that .. Geee I fell old ..
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Asif Dasl wrote: »
    Please don't say you actually used AskJeeves!!!

    Bloody hate them. I don't think necessarily it is a bad search engine. But I think their aggressive marketing, being distributed with every frikin piece of software on the planet, sometimes not even by choice or cheeky sub menus, ruined it .. I just see that logo and I'd love to trash the screen.
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  • colemiccolemic Posts: 1,568Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Metacrawler, infoseek for me. Metacrawler consistently had better search results than anyone else at the time (for me at least.)
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  • JasminLandryJasminLandry Posts: 601Member
    Being born in '91, I don't even know some of the search engines you guys mentioned. I believe I remember using Yahoo back in elementary school, but it's been mostly Google.

  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 CISSP CISM CISA CRISC CCSP CCSK eJPT GCIA GSEC CEH CHFI ITIL-F AWS-CCP Posts: 2,759Mod Mod
    colemic wrote: »
    Metacrawler, infoseek for me. Metacrawler consistently had better search results than anyone else at the time (for me at least.)

    Oh snap! How could I forget Infoseek!!
    Being born in '91, I don't even know some of the search engines you guys mentioned. I believe I remember using Yahoo back in elementary school, but it's been mostly Google.

    Sad are the ones that never got to know blowing out NES tapes and connecting to AOL with dial up modem lol.
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    Dogpile, Ms Dewey:

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