metaCrawler

What is metaCrawler?

MetaCrawler as a metasearch engine combine the best web search results from Yahoo!, Google, Ask.com, Bing (previously Live Search, About.com, LookSmart, MIVA and other weel –known search engines. With metaCrawler, users have the option to look for videos, images, news and even yellow and white pages. MetaCrawler is a registered brand name of InfoSpace, Inc.

MetaCrawler was initially developed in 1994 by Erik Selberg, a then graduate student at the University of Washington along with Bobby Kalili and Professor Oren Etzioni. It was originally made to give consistent abstraction layer to the first Web search engines such as Lycos, WebCrawler, and InfoSeek for the purpose of studying semantic structure on the Web.
NetBot, Inc was then established in the summer of 1995 to put into market MetaCrawler and other UW technologies such as: Occam, Ahoy! The HomePage Finder, and ShopBot. Since MetaCrawler isn’t stable enough it was then licensed to Go2Net, another Internet set up. NetBot then created a meta-shopping site called Jango by combining the center of MetaCrawler with ShopBot.

InfoSpace, Inc. is now the owner of MetaCrawler and Go2net after purchasing it for $4.2 billion in 1999.


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