Today’s high-performance Internet search engines have been developed and refined in a remarkably short period of time.

Academics and scientists had rudimentary tools similar to search engines as early as the 1970s. However, the amount of information they accessed is a mere drop in the bucket compared to what the average computer user can access today.

Just one search engine Google ( has indexed more than 3.3 billion web pages as of October 2003 an increase of 1.2 billion pages in 20 months – or 23 pages a second!

Here is a growing archive of the search engine history:


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