When AltaVista appeared in
December 1995, it used an index much larger than
any of the other search engines at that time.
Thus, competition forced most of them to increase
their sizes in early 1996.
that from September 1996 until September 1997,
none of the search engines increased size significantly,
despite the fact that the web continued to grow.
September 1997 through the end of 1998, AltaVista
and Inktomi competed for the bragging rights of
being the biggest. But by 1999, the fight to be
biggest revolved between AltaVista, Northern Light
and FAST Search.
January 2000, FAST announced it had broken the
300 million page mark, giving it the largest index
of the web. Soon after, AltaVista followed the
same way. By June 2000, Google broke the 500 million
page mark. In addition, some Inktomi partners
began using that company's new 500 million page
index in July 2000.
June 2001, Google hit a new record for search
engines -- 1 billion documents indexed.
became the King of all Search Engines.
a closer look at recent activity: