What you need, when you need it

AEIWI was more a web directory than a search engine. However, it used the possibilities of automatic indexing of web content to automatically create a web directory. For this purpose the keywords of the headers were read and calculated, which other keywords occur most frequently on these pages. The 100 most common keywords were listed on the home page. If you select one of the keywords, you will be taken to a results page, which in turn provides keywords for selection in addition to hits. The ranking was determined based on the frequency of the contained keywords. Alternatively, you could also perform a regular search. AEIWI was developed by Knud Soeresen and was online from 1998 to 2006. In 2006 AEIWI contained about 600000 links.

Language English

Launched 1998
Closed 2006

Developer Soeresen, Knud

Country of Origin Denmark

1998 - 2006 Soeresen, Knud

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Web directory
Robot/Crawler based, algorithmic search


Robot: AEIWI (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

AEIWI was an Search Engine based on an automatic generated Web Directory. It analysed the keywords and sorted them by the frequency. »AEIWI was designed by Knud Soeresen, the owner of AL&L Technology, while studying at Aarhus University in Denmark. [...] As webmaster for FreakTech I tried to register with Yahoo several times... in vain. Yahoo is a manually built web directory and they can't keep up with all the submissions they receive. Therefore, I started to wonder if it were possible to make an automatic web directory. This thought grew into experiments and the experiments grew into AEIWI.«

In 2006 AEIWI contained about 600000 links.

»[...] AEIWI finds all pages with that [searched] keyword and calculates which other keywords are most frequent on those pages. Then AEIWI displays the 100 first of these keywords.« Source


"AEIWI" is for "An Experiment In Web Indexing". Source

Critical points

Features & Functionality

»A little deeper: Aeiwi is a little different to use than other search engines or web directories. When you first enter Aeiwi you see the Aeiwi icon, then a search box and a list of the 100 most used keywords. Here you might notice that there is a little number behind each word, this is the number of pages that contain the keyword. You use the list of keywords like a web directory, just click on a word. If you can't see the word you are looking for just enter it into the search box. On the next page you will see first an ad, a search box, a title and a list of keywords. If you click one of the keywords you get a similar page but this page is generated from the links that contain the first keyword. Then If you click on the title then you get the list off all the links that contain the chosen keywords.« Source


Example results page: Source

References & further Publications

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Created: 2013-01-21