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|Closed||April 4, 2011|
|Country of Origin||Norway|
|1999 - 2003||Fast Search & Transfer (FAST)|
|2003 - 2004||Overture|
|2004 - 2011||Yahoo|
|Used SeEn||Alltheweb (FAST SeEn)
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|»AlltheWeb was an Internet search engine that made its debut in mid-1999 and was closed in 2011. It grew out of FTP Search, Tor Egge's doctorate thesis at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which he started in 1994, which in turn resulted in the formation of Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), established on July 16, 1997. It was used primarily as a showpiece site for FAST's enterprise search engine. According to FAST, AllTheWeb once rivaled Google in size and technology. AlltheWeb never became as popular as Google, though, and its userbase declined after it was bought out by Overture in 2003.
When AlltheWeb started in 1999, FAST aimed to provide their database to other search engines, copying the successful case of Inktomi. In January 2000, Lycos used their results in the Lycos PRO search. By that time, the AlltheWeb database had grown from 80 million URIs to 200 million. Their aim was to index all the publicly accessible web. Their crawler indexed over 2 billion pages by June 2002 and started a fresh round of the search engine size war. Before their purchase by Yahoo!, the database contained about 3.3 billion URIs.
AlltheWeb claimed a few advantages over Google, such as a fresher database, more advanced search features, search clustering and a completely customizable look. Its image search would also take the viewer directly to the image rather than to the page where it was displayed.
In February 2003 FAST's web search division was bought by Overture. In March 2004, Overture was taken over by Yahoo!. Shortly after Yahoo!'s acquisition, the AlltheWeb site started using Yahoo!'s database and some of the advanced functions were removed, such as FTP search and direct image search. In March 2011, Yahoo! stated on the AlltheWeb website that they intend to close the engine. Starting on April 4, 2011, the site redirected to Yahoo! Search.« Source|
|Danny Sullivan (2004): Search Engine Timeline -
»May 1999 - A new search engine from FAST and Dell is launched with the aim to have the largest index of the web.« Source|
|»NEW YORK (CNNfn) [August 2, 1999] - Dell Computer Corp. plans to take a 5-percent stake in Norwegian Web search engine firm Fast Search & Transfer ASA, the Internet company said Monday.
Dell 's (DELL) investment, worth approximately $33 million, is part of a preliminary agreement for the cross promotion, sale and distribution of each companies' products.
The agreement comes on the heels of Dell's announcement that it will offer its dell.net Internet service for free to customers who purchase a PC priced at no less than $959.
Within 45 days, the companies expect to reach a final deal under which Dell would implement a co-branded FAST Search by Dell search engine on its Internet service.
On Monday, FAST launched its FAST Search site (www.alltheweb.com), which the company said can scan 200 million Web pages.« Source|
|Sullivan, Danny (Mar 3, 2003):
»The New Breed: ... AllTheWeb (1999-): It's a strong rival to Google in terms of popularity, but AllTheWeb is nowhere near as popular with users. That was OK with parent company FAST. AllTheWeb was meant only to demonstrate the company's ability to power the results of other search engines by crawling the web. AllTheWeb launched in May 1999 and counts Lycos as its major partner. Overture announced last month that it intends to acquire the search engine.« Source|
|»AlltheWeb took its name from the original mission of its creator, FAST Search and Transfer of Norway -- to provide the most comprehensive index of the world wide web.« Source|
Features & Functionality
|»AlltheWeb offers the standard search tools: images, news, directory, people, etc. In addition, users have the capability to search for both audio and video files, as well as the opportunity to search in 36 different languages if they so desire. Their advanced search filters are easy to use and return pretty good results.« Source|
|»One other thing: AllTheWeb is Opera compliant; a nice characteristic for webmasters trying to overcome accessibility issues.« Source|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlltheWeb|
|Wikipedia (Others): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alltheweb|
|Boswell, Wendy: AlltheWeb. Online available at About.com. URL: http://websearch.about.com/od/enginesanddirectories/a/alltheweb.htm|
|Sherman, Chris (2001): FAST Search Engine Shifts into High Gear. Online available at Search Engine Watch. URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2067474/FAST-Search-Engine-Shifts-into-High-Gear|
|AllTheWeb Is Now Yahoo!, Which Is Now Bing. Online available at SEO Logic. URL: http://www.seologic.com/guide/history/alltheweb|
|Fast Search & Transfer. Online available at Wikipedia. URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Search_%26_Transfer|
|Tóth, Erzsébet: Exploring the Capabilities of English and Hungarian Search Engines for Various Queries. In: Libri. Volume: 56, Issue: 1, Pages: 38-47. URL: DOI: 10.1108/00220410610714930|
|Bar-Ilan, J et al.: Methods for evaluating dynamic changes in search engine rankings: a case study. In: JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION. Volume: 62, Issue: 6, Pages: 708-729. URL: DOI: 10.1108/00220410610714930|
|Jansen, B. J., & Spink, A. (2005). An analysis of Web searching by European AlltheWeb.com users. Information Processing and Management, 41(2), 361–381. URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4573(03)00067-0|
|Danny Sullivan (2004): Search Engine Timeline URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/study/2047866/search-history-articles-search-engine-timeline|
|Sullivan, Danny (Mar 3, 2003): Where Are They Now? Search Engines We've Known & Loved URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/study/2064954/where-are-they-now-search-engines-weve-known-loved|
|Metamend: Fast Search Engine Optimization Tips URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20180305182731/https://metamend.com/archive/past-engines/fast/|