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MetaCrawler


https://web.archive.org/web/20140130205953/http://www.metacrawler.com/

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Metacrawler is one of the first meta search engines. It started in 1995 and was developed at the University of Washington by the then doctoral students Erik Selberg and his professor Oren Etzioni as part of a doctoral thesis. Originally it was developed to investigate the semantic structure in the World Wide Web.

In 1997 Metacrawler was acquired by Go2Net which in turn was acquired by InfoSpace, Inc. in 1999. In 2014 Metacrawler was integrated into Zoo.com, another of InfoSpace's search engines. Metacrawler initially transferred the domain to Zoo.com and later to Excite.

In 2016, InfoSpace, Inc. and all its products were sold to OpenMail, which was later renamed System1. Since 2017 Metacrawler is offered again as an own search engine, whereby it is now a search interface, which Bing uses as a search.

     
Language Multilingual



Launched 1995
Closed No



Developer Erik Selberg and Oren Etzioni



Country of Origin US America



Owner
1995 - 1997 Erik Selberg and Oren Etzioni
1997 - 1999 Go2Net
1999 - [...] InfoSpace (In 2012 Infospace was renamed Bluecora, in 2016 the Infospace business was sold to OpenMail, which renamed itself System1 in 2017.)
2014 - 2017 Metacrawler closed down



Topic Universal



Region No Limitation



Technical functionalities
and/or
Strategy
Meta SeEn
Target advertising
Search Portal



Used SeEn FAST (Fast Search & Transfer)
Ask Jeeves / Ask SeEn
About.com
Inktomi
LookSmart
Overture
Google Search Engine
Yahoo
Bing
MSN Search
Galaxy
Infoseek
Lycos
Open Text
WebCrawler






Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite



METACRAWLER WORKED FROM 1995 TO 2014 AND REOPENED IN MARCH 2017. Source

Danny Sullivan (2004): Search Engine Timeline Apr. 1995 - MetaCrawler created, but doesn't open publicly until July 1995. ---------- 07/07/1995 - MetaCrawler begins public operation. Source

Sherman, Chris (Mar 22, 2005): One of the oldest meta search services, MetaCrawler began in July 1995 at the University of Washington. MetaCrawler was purchased by InfoSpace, an online content provider, in Feb. 97. Source




Name

Wikipedia: It was originally a metasearch engine, as its name suggests. Source



Critical points




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References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metacrawler
Wikipedia (Others): https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/MetaCrawler
     

Other Sources

Danny Sullivan (2004): Search Engine Timeline URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/study/2047866/search-history-articles-search-engine-timeline
Erik Selberg, Oren Etzioni (1996): The MetaCrawler Architecture for Resource Aggregation on the Web URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20130222021700/https://homes.cs.washington.edu/~etzioni/papers/ieee-metacrawler.html
Erik Selberg (1999): Towards Comprehensive Web Search. Ph. D. Thesis URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20190223091425/http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.34.7849
Jeff Dalton (2006): Meta-Search Part I: The Beginning URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20160312035357/http://www.searchenginecaffe.com/2006/01/meta-search-part-i-beginning.html




Created: 2013-01-22