The Mother of All Search Engines
Mamma is called the first meta search engine. The search engine was created as a master thesis by Herman Tumurcuoglu at Canadian Carleton University, Ottawa. Mamma started in 1996 and works as a meta search engine until 2015. Since 2005, she has offered image, video and news searches. In addition, a job and health search was offered since the mid-2000s, but both were closed after almost three years. From 2016 the search engine worked as a coupon code & discount search engine and today it is a site with its own diverse content without a search.
|Country of Origin||Canada|
|1995 - 2001||Tumurcuoglu, Herman|
|1999 - 2004||Intasys Corporation|
|2004 - 2007||Mamma.com|
|2007 - 2009||Copernic Inc.|
|2009 - [...]||Empresario.Inc.|
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|»Mamma.com was launched in 1996 by Herman Tumurcuoglu in Montreal, Canada. It was one of the web's first tier 2 metasearch engines.« Source|
|»July 1996: Mamma.com goes live as one of the Web's first metasearch engines and rightfully dubs itself "The Mother Of All Search Engines". Mamma was developed as a Master's thesis at Ottawa's Carleton University by Herman Tumurcuoglu.
1996-1998: Mamma grows slowly through word of mouth. A handful of people work with Tumurcuoglu to turn the search engine into a source of income. Banners are sold to advertisers and Mamma begins to license its technology to other websites; Tumurcuoglu realizes early that revenues do not have to be limited to Mamma.com's own immediate traffic.
July 1999: A banner sales force, business development team, and a technology division are created at Mamma. In the height of the dot-com boom, Mamma sees its niche.
November 1999: Intasys Corporation (NASDAQ: INTA) invests US$25,000,000 and takes 69% ownership of Mamma.
December 1999: An aggressive advertising campaign is launched with a billboard in New York's famed Times Square. Millions of New Yorkers gather to celebrate and bring on the new Millennium under Mamma's presence.
January 2000: Mamma sees the value in selling search result rankings and develops the Premium Search Result Placement Program. The advertisers are shuffled in with the metasearch results. Unlike bid-engines, Mamma does not reveal the advertiser's cost-per-click (CPC).
March 2000: Mamma's advertising campaign continues with a TV commercial; it airs on CNNfn, MSNBC, and Bloomberg.
Summer 2000: Mamma redesigns its site and brings the Mamma character to life.
August 2000: Mamma creates, "Mamma Recommends". CPC advertisers are given exclusive placement in the top two positions and are featured under a "Mamma Recommends" header.
January 2001: Mamma begins in-house development of a proprietary banner delivery system.
March 2001: Banner delivery system, ADS (Ad Delivery System), launched. The development team begins research on Mamma's automated registration system.
April 2001: Founder, Tumurcuoglu, resigns - Mamma begins new chapter.
July 2001: Intasys Corp. buys out minority shareholders and take 100% ownership of Mamma.
August 2001: The first phase of ASI (Automated Sales Initiative) is launched allowing Mamma to reach thousands of potential advertisers in a few months.
September 2001: Mamma and Intasys announce Guy Fauré as new President and CEO of Mamma.
October 2001: "Mamma Recommends" is renamed "Mamma Classifieds" (ensuring that users understand they are paid listings) and is increased to three positions at the top of the results page.
December 2001: Mamma.com branches out its distribution revenue streams and begins to display their advertisers' banners on other web properties.
April 2002: Mamma.com redesigns the homepage and gives the Mamma character a third dimension.
June 2002: Beta version of Mamma.com's customized registration system, ADS, is launched; advertisers can now sign-up online.
December 2002: Mamma.com buys focusIN Specialty Web Network to expand distribution of its search and banner networks.
February 2003: Mamma.com institutes new measures to detect and protect its advertisers against fraudulent activity.
June 2003: Banners are removed from Mamma.com, in an effort to make the site cleaner, and more user-friendly.
July 2003: In the ongoing effort to clean up the site, homepage text advertisements, Mamma Favorites, are permanently removed.
August 2003: Mamma.com's ranking algorithm, which eliminates the subjective ordering of metasearch results, celebrates its first year anniversary.
August 2003: The beta version of ADS, Mamma.com's online client account management system, is retired and a new version is released.
September 2003: Parent company, Intasys Corp. sells its other holdings, and focuses exclusively on Mamma.com.
October 2003: Mamma.com's Power Search page is relaunched, and enables users to perform advanced searches, as well as to save preferences.
November 2003: Mamma.com offers geo-targeting to Mamma Classifieds clients.
January 2004: Mamma.com's parent company, Intasys Corporation, officially merges with Mamma.com and becomes Mamma.com Inc. Mamma is now recognizable on NASDAQ with the ticker symbol MAMA.
February 2004: Mamma.com consolidates its offerings under the Mamma Media Solutions brand identity. The metasearch engine continues to operate as Mamma.com - The Mother of All Search Engines, now a Mamma Media Solutions product.« Source|
»On December 22, 2005, Mamma.com completed its acquisition of "Copernic Technologies Inc.", a search technology company founded in July 1996 in Quebec City and maker of the desktop search utility Copernic Desktop Search. In the preceding fiscal year Copernic had a revenue of about $5.9 million and an EBITDA of about $1.8 million; Mamma.com paid $15.9 million and issued 2,380,000 common shares.
On June 8, 2007, Mamma.com Inc. changed its name to Copernic Inc., received a new stock symbol CNIC, (effective June 14, 2007), and launched its new corporate website.
On November 17, 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had charged Mark Cuban with insider trading. It was alleged that he directed his broker to sell his entire 600,000 shares of stock in the company to avoid losses in excess of $750,000 based on insider information.
On June 30, 2009, Copernic completed the sale of Mamma.com and its third party Ad Net to Empresario, a privately owned digital media network based in Chicago Illinois. Transaction took place as planned by the two companies and will allow Copernic to reflect the details in their Q2 report. The company proceeded to this sale in order to focus the company on new product offers.« Source|
|»On November 17, 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had charged Mark Cuban with insider trading. It was alleged that he directed his broker to sell his entire 600,000 shares of stock in the company to avoid losses in excess of $750,000 based on insider information.« Source|
|2015: »Mark Cuban won a years-long fight with the federal government Wednesday as jurors decided that the billionaire basketball team owner did not commit insider-trading when he sold his stake in an Internet company in 2004.
The jury in federal district court in Dallas said that the Securities and Exchange Commission failed to prove the key elements of its case, including the claim that Cuban agreed to keep certain information confidential and not trade on it...« Source|
|In the past Mamma offered a search for Yellow and White Pages too. Source|
|a Job Search Source|
|and a Health Search Source|
|2015: Today they offer a search for News, Images, Videos and a Local Search. Source|
|Sherman, Chris (Mar 22, 2005): »Founded in 1996, Mamma.com is one of the oldest meta search engines on the web. Mamma searches against a variety of major crawlers, directories and specialty search sites. The service also provides a paid listings option for advertisers, Mamma Classifieds. Mamma was an honorable mention for Best Meta Search Engine in the 2003 Search Engine Watch awards.« Source|
|Majhi, Sudip (February 11, 2016):
»This is a great website to get web, news, image and video search result. It grabs information from various search engine – as mentioned in the definition. The most interesting thing is you can get a Tab view. That means, this is very easy to switch from web search result to image and vice versa.« Source|
|Mamma: The Mother of All Search Engines|
Features & Functionality
|an older description: »Mamma retrieves results from approximately a dozen major Internet search engines and directories and has a few nice extra search features that are worth a try. [...] Searching with Mamma Metasearch is easy. Just type in a word or phrase and go. Here's my example: I typed in antelope . First of all, I saw Mamma Classifieds at the very top of the search results page. From the site: "Results in "Mamma Classifieds" are paid placement listings, meaning that every time you click upon one of them, Mamma receives payment from the site owner/advertiser." Underneath the Classifeds are Sponsored Links, which are very similar in that someone had to pay Mamma in order for those to show up (they're ads). To the right of the main search results, you'll see "Refine Your Search." These are clustered search suggestions that take your original query, in my case "antelope", and give you more search terms that you might not have thought of. For example, I was given Wyoming Hunting, Antelope Canyon, and African Antelope. Not all of the Search Refinements will be relevant to your search but it's a nice feature nonetheless. In order to filter out spammy "extra" results, a common problem in metasearch engines since they're searching for the same thing in different search engines , Mamma has a unique way that they filter and rank their search results. Basically, each duplicate that Mamma finds is weighted as a "vote" for that term. Mamma explains it better: "Instead of simply eliminating the duplicates as many metasearch engines may do, we use this information to rank our results. Each duplicate search result is considered a 'vote' for that result. Pages with the highest number of votes go at the top of our result set." In addition, underneath every search result's textual description, you're going to see where that result was retrieved from in square brackets. For example, with one of the search results in my example search, I received the following: Wisenut, Entireweb, Gigablast, Business.com, Yahoo, and Open Directory. What this string of search services is telling me is this: the first source listed is where my result actually was retrieved from, and the rest are duplicates. You also might see the words "Paid Result" in the string of search services; this means that this result is a Paid Result - again, it's an ad. Mamma Metasearch Engine Advanced Search Mamma's Advanced Search offers the power searcher a variety of options. You can select which search services you'd like to be included in your searches (Google is notably excluded), set preferences, etc. A couple things here that I haven't seen in most other Advanced Search offerings were the ability to highlight search terms and limit (or expand) the size of the search result descriptions. Mamma Metasearch Engine Search Extras You can check out the Mamma Explorer Bar , which "saves your searches by letting you select results from a Mamma.com results page into the Explorer Bar", or get the Mamma Toolbar , which gives you instant access to Mamma metasearch (only available for Internet Explorer users).« Source|
|»Our Ranking Algorithm: rSort - rSort works like a voting system for search results. The search engines Mamma.com® queries often return duplicate results. Instead of simply eliminating the duplicates as many metasearch engines may do, we use this information to rank our results. Each duplicate search result is considered a 'vote' for that result. Pages with the highest number of votes go at the top of our result set (for the mathematicians in the audience, the method of voting we use is a simpli Source|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamma.com|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|Mamma.com URL: http://www.internetadsales.com/search-engines/mamma-com|
|Herman Tumurcuoglu URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Tumurcuoglu|
|Boswell, Wendy: Mamma, the Mother of All Metasearch Engines URL: http://websearch.about.com/od/metasearchengines/a/mamma.htm|
|Mark Cuban did not commit insider trading, jury says URL: http://allnewsarchive.com/articles/tag/mamma-com/page-1/|
|Majhi, Sudip (February 11, 2016): List of best Meta Search Engines on the Internet URL: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/meta-search-engine-list|
|Metamend: Mamma Search Engine Optimization URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20180305173513/https://metamend.com/archive/past-engines/mamma-search-engine/|
Source: Mamma [start page October 2015]
Source: Mamma [result page October 2015]