Fireball Zeitungsartikel/Zeitungen/News [News Search]

Fireball was the first German search engine that was developed in 1996 by the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) under the working title "Flipper". In 1997 it was further developed by Gruner + Jahr, the project group KIT (TUB) and Neofonie GmbH. The search engine was renamed "Kitty". In June 1997 the search engine started as "Fireball" with a robot called "Kit-Fireball". Then in 1998 Fireball started a collaboration with AltaVista to offer a global search. In 1999 Lycos Europe bought Fireball. In early 2000, Fireball was the largest German search engine with 13.5 million websites, 68.7 million page views and 14 million unique visitors. In August 2000, Fireball held a volume of 22% of the German search engine market. From 2003 to 2008 Fireball used Yahoo and from 2008 to 2009 Google. In March 2009 Fireball was sold to the Swiss Ambrosia AG and they start using Fireball's own search engine again. In 2010, Fireball optimized the site for mobile devices, but it did not offer a mobile site or app.

2000 Fireball starts his news search. At the beginning, German news websites were searched using its own crawler, later Paperball was used among other things. I suspect that while the search engines of Yahoo (2003-2008) and Google (2008-2009) were used, their news search engines were also used. Currently the results are from Bing News.

Language German

Launched 2000
Closed No

Developer Department Computer Science, Technische Universitšt Berlin

Country of Origin Germany

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

Topic News SeEn

Region Germany

Technical functionalities
News Site Search // News Aggregator
Search Interface / Search API

Used SeEn Fireball News
Google News
Yahoo News
Bing News

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite


Critical points

Features & Functionality


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

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Created: 2018-04-05