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You use them every day, but how much do you really know about search engines?

No Googling now!

Image: DuckDuckGo

WE’VE COME A LONG way since the first search engine was launched back in 1990.

What started as basic ways of indexing pages helped us get to where we are today, where information and pages are at our fingertips.

But how much do you really know about the history of search and its present? Why not find out.

What was the first ever search engine called?
Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Gopher
Veronica

Jughead
Archie search engine
Google was founded in 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, but what was the name of its predecessor?
Ben Margot/PA Images
Backrub
Massage

Jacuzzi
Bliss
Ask Jeeves was one rival to Google when it launched in 1997 but what was different about it?
Instead of presenting results, it just sent you to the most relevant site directly.
It presented results based on natural language.

It was the first crawler-based search engine (one that visits web sites and reads their pages to use for results).
It began indexing websites.
Yahoo! first launched its search engine back in 2002, but what year was it originally founded?
1993
1994

1995
1996
Which one of these was *not* a real search engine in the 90s?
AltaVista
DogPile

Wikipedia
Psygnosis
DuckDuckGo's main feature is it's a search engine that doesn't track you, but roughly how many 'sources' does it rely on for searches?
DuckDuckGo
35
45

50
65
How much does Google pay Apple to include its search bar on iPhone and iPad?*
Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
$435 million
$500 million

$1 billion
$5 billion
Bing is Microsoft's own search engine but when did its predecessor, MSN search, launch?
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
1996
1998

1999
2001
Which one of these was *not* the name of a Google search update?
AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
Penguin
AP Photo/Joshua Paul
Panda

AP Photo/Nick Ut
Hummingbird
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
Tiger
Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
Who needs Google?
If we could, we would change the results so a picture of you would appear anytime someone searched for 'knowledgeable'. Honest.
Share your result:
You scored out of !
Oh...
Maybe next time you should have Google beside you so you can search the answers.
Share your result:
You scored out of !
A good effort
You have enough knowledge to get you by, but you rely on search to fill in the blanks. No shame in that.
Share your result:

*Based on a report from Bloomberg in January.

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