Language English

Launched 1996
Closed 1999 renamed in C4.

Developer Cyber Networks, Inc.'s

Country of Origin US America

1996 - 1999 Cyber Networks, Inc.'s

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Meta search engine

Used SeEn AltaVista
Deja News (later
Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»Cyber411 is what's called a "parallel" search engine, which means it contacts 15 other search engines to do the actual work and then collates the results. Cyber411 also eliminates duplicate entries from the various search engines.

Each of its finds is hyperlinked to related sites and is earmarked by the engine that generated the location. However, unlike most of the other engines, it does not provide additional summary information about the found sites.« Source

Information Today (1999): »Announces the debut of Cyber Networks, Inc.'s Cyber411 Web site, which simultaneously harnesses 16 search engines. How Cyber411 automatically reformulates the query to fit the syntax for each search engine.« Source

Business Wire (1999): »About the C4 Search Engine: deploys new TotalSearch technology to bring non-repetitive, extremely accurate results from numerous search engines and other Internet resources simultaneously under one roof, sorting by relevance and eliminating duplicate results in the process. The C4 search mechanism is a user-friendly tool that yields only the most relevant data links in the fastest possible time--wait ten seconds, save an hour.
C4 searches provide automatic access to relevant data on the Internet's top Web sites focusing on news, financial information, business, health, leisure and services. Thus, CNI's C4 becomes the perfect launch pad to check on everything and anything happening on the Internet today, from the top headlines to Wall Street's performance to the latest movies to the daily horoscope and all knowledge in between and beyond!
C4 is a parallel search engine that simultaneously harnesses the top search engines seeking relevant data on a single query within a specific time frame designated by users. Search engines employed in the C4 search are: AltaVista, Excite, Google, GoTo, HotBot, InfoSeek, Lycos, Magellan,, WebCrawler and Yahoo! Additionally, specific news databases used are ABC News, CNN and MSNBC, complimented by financial news searches of CNNfn, CBS MarketWatch and The Street.« Source

Computerworld (1996): »The weeks-old service may turn out to be in all ways better than AltaVista - if the company keeps the site up to date on changes to pages on the Web. Of course, the big liability to using a single search engine is that each one knows only about part of the Web, not all of it. Cyber^n (, from Cyber Networks, Inc., solves that problem by searching the search engines - 15 of them - and listing the results, eliminating duplicates of sites that turn up on more than one search engine ...« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality


See Cyber 411 start page 1999 Source

References & further Publications

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

Other Sources

WAYNE E. HARDING (1997): How To Find It On The Net URL:
Business Wire (1999): Cyber Networks Inc. Launches Largest Capacity Free Web-based Email Service; Site Allows 10 Megs Message Storage and Fast, Easy Access FREE for Consumers URL:
Information Today (1999): Cyber Networks, Inc. Debuts Its Cyber411 Web Site URL:
Mitch Wagner (1996): Search engines. In: Computerworld, p.71 URL:,+Inc.%22&hl=de&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiS_6XfyeLZAhWrIpoKHVoQD-wQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=%22Cyber%20Networks%2C%20Inc.%22&f=false

Created: 2013-03-17