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Fireball


http://www.fireball.de

     
Language German



Launched June 1997
Closed No



Developer Department Computer Science, Technische Universität Berlin



Country of Origin Germany



Owner
1997 - 1999 Fireball
1999 - 2009 Lycos
2009 - [...] Ambrosia AG



Topic Universal



Region Germany



Technology
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Strategy
Crawler-based, algorithmic SeEn
Search Interface / Search API



Used SeEn Fireball; Alta Vista; Google Search Engine



Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite



Fireball was the first German search engine developed in 1996 by the Department of Computer Science at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) under the working title “flipper”. In 1997 further development followed by the publisher Gruner + Jahr, the project group KIT (TUB) and the Neofonie GmbH. The engine is renamed in “Kitty”. In June 1997 the search engine launched as “Fireball” with a robot called „Kit-Fireball“. Than Fireball starts cooperation with AltaVista in 1998 to offer a global search. 1999 Lycos Europe purchased Fireball. In the beginning of 2000 Fireball was the biggest German search engine with13.5 Mio web pages, 68.7 Mio page views and 14 Mio unique visitors. In August 2000 Fireball holds a volume of 22% of the German search market. From 2003 to 2008 Fireball uses Yahoo and from 2008 till 2009 Google. In March 2009 Fireball was sold to the Swiss based Ambrosia AG and they start reusing the Fireball own search engine again. In 2010 Fireball optimized the side for mobile devices, but they didn’t offer a mobile side or a mobile app [kd2015].



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References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireball_(Suchmaschine)
     

Other Sources

Dresel, R., et al.: Evaluation deutscher Web-Suchwerkzeuge: Ein vergleichender Retrievaltest. In: Information-Wissenschaft und Praxis, Volume 52, Issue 7, October 2001, Pages 381-392. URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/iwp
Die FIREBALL Geschichte URL: http://www.news4press.com/fireball1/GeschichteNeu.asp




Created: 2013-03-13