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  1. AltaVista: Integrated content platforms: AltaVista Search, AltaVista's Shopping.com, AltaVista Local Portal Services and AltaVista MicroPortal - 0.4 to 0.5 seconds average response time, 150 million page index, content refreshed every 28 days.

  2. Dogpile: Meta Searches - The Web: LookSmart, GoTo.com, Thunderstone, Yahoo!, Dogpile Open Directory, About.com, Lycos' Top 5%, InfoSeek, Direct Hit, Lycos & AltaVista plus Usenet, FTP, NewsWires, BizNews, Stock Quotes, Weather, Yellow Pages, White Pages and Maps.

  3. Excite: Stock Quotes, Yellow Pages, Airline Tickets, Movie Showtimes, Desktop Radio, Job Finder, Classifieds, Maps & Directions, Horoscopes, FREE Voicemail (powers Netscape Search and AOL NetFind in the US and Canada) - 55 million page index, most up-to-date content.

  4. Hotbot: Named the number one search site on the Web in independent reviews from the top consumer-oriented computer and personal-finance publications in the United States - Indexes every word, link, and media file on more than 110 million Web documents and refreshes its entire database of documents every three to four weeks.

  5. Go Network/Infoseek: [this portal] Features Infoseek's search and directory tools. The GO Network family of sites includes: ESPN.com, Disney.com, Family.com, ABCnews.com, ABC.com, Mr. ShowBiz, Wall of Sound. Searchers will find that Go consistently provides quality results in response to many general and broad searches, thanks to its ESP search algorithm. It also has an impressive human-compiled directory of web sites.

  6. Lycos: One of the oldest search services, around since May 1994. It began as a project at Carnegie Mellon University. The name Lycos comes from the Latin for "wolf spider." Lycos started out as a search engine, depending on listings that came from spidering the web. In April 1999, it shifted to a directory model similar to Yahoo.

  7. Mamma: Meta Searches - Canada-based service searches major directories and search engines plus News, Pictures and Stock Quotes.

  8. Northern Light: The largest (and one of the newsest) of all the search engines, their database searches both Web pages and full-text articles and sorts results into folders based on keywords, source, and other criteria.

  9. Webcrawler: has the smallest index of any major search engine on the web (50 million URLs) - think of it as Excite Lite. The small index means WebCrawler is not the place to go when seeking obscure or unusual material. However, some people may feel that by having indexed fewer pages, WebCrawler provides less overwhelming results in response to general searches.

  10. Yahoo! is the Web's most popular search service and has a well-deserved reputation for helping people find information easily. The secret to Yahoo's success is human beings. It is the largest human-compiled guide to the web, employing about 150 editors in an effort to categorize the web. Yahoo has over 1 million sites listed. Yahoo also supplements its results with those from Inktomi.


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