See the relationships between search engines with this handy chart  JAN 27 2004

See the relationships between search engines with this handy chart.

There are 10 reader comments

dan05 27 2004 5:05PM

did you notice that MSN does nothing for anyone? - its purely a 'user'

jkottke12 27 2004 5:12PM

MSN is anti-social software.

parsimony29 27 2004 5:29PM

"did you notice that MSN does nothing for anyone? - its purely a 'user'"

so are ask jeeves, lycos, alltheweb, alta vista, et al. not to be snarky, but so what? it's a portal.

majick27 27 2004 7:27PM

So, basically, this chart shows that Google has a bunch of resellers and rebranders to put portal crap and blinking banner ads around their results, and that it provides most of the actual "value" to searching on the web. It's neat to see it laid out like that, but it really isn't telling us anything new. There are craptacular portalized sites, and they either wrap Google or exist on the fringe of the net.

jhy16 28 2004 2:16AM

parsimony: alta vista and ask jeeves both provide their own primary search results, so they're not entirely 'users' like MSN and the rest. Of course, they are still craptacular portalized sites.

Chris Becker00 28 2004 9:00AM

So Inktomi is a Yahoo! company but does not provide/receive any results to/from Yahoo! search engine? Odd.

Corey56 28 2004 9:56AM

The chart is really cool, but incomplete. I worked on Hotbot, so I can tell you for a fact that it uses FAST and Teoma results. It could also benefit from showing paid placement listings like Overture and separating Google AdWords from standard Google results. It becomes even more incestuous when you see how the paid search listings are appearing on the various sites.

Søren Dalsgaard41 28 200411:41AM

Ehhh, the chart is supplied by "Bruce Clay" who also makes the search engine that by coincidence (...) appears in the very middle of the chart, and seems to supply all the others...
- Doesn't look completely unbiased to me.

donald tetto49 28 200411:49PM

I'm not sure I get the last comment. dmoz? It only supplies directory listings, and it really does do that. It looks to me like "Bruce Clay" sells a search-engine bolstering service.

Bruce Clay13 30 2004 2:13AM

Actually, dmoz is owned by Netscape but has a charter that forbids charging a fee to use the directory content -- strictly free. AOL owns Netscape. Time-Warner owns AOL. Unfortunately, I do not own any of them. I do "search engine optimization".

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