Search Engine Acquisitions Chart

This chart covers some key acquisitions from the late 1990s through 2000. It is no longer actively maintained. For a list of articles related to acquisitions, which may provide more updated information, see the Search Engine Acquisitions page. On the chart, the first date shows when the acquisition was announced. The second date shows when the acquisition was completed. Dates are in MM/DD/YY format.

AltaVista
Date Company Description
Acquired
8/19/99
CMGI CMGI takes an 83 percent controlling interest in AltaVista, leaving former owner Compaq with a 17 percent stake.
Announced
1/11/99
Acquired

3/10/99
Shopping.com Online retailer.
Ask Jeeves
Date Company Description
Announced
1/25/00
Completed
2/3/00
Direct Hit Generates "popularity" results based on measuring clickthrough.
Excite
Date Company Description
Announced
1/19/99
Completed
5/28/99
@Home Broadband access company @Home enters agreement to purchase Excite.
Early 1998 Throw Developer of online communities hosting tools.
Announced
4/6/98
Acquired
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Class2000 Provides online classifieds, including service to some Excite competitors, at time of acquisition.
Announced
1/15/98
Acquired
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Matchlogic Internet advertising management service.
Announced
10/16/97
Acquired
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Netbot Comparison shopping search technology.
Announced
11/23/96
Acquired

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WebCrawler Rival search service, default choice for AOL users at time of acquisition. Excite soon took over as the default choice.
Acquired
8/30/96
McKinley Ran rival search service Magellan, known mainly for its reviews. Magellan also had a position on Netscape's Net Search page at the time of acquisition, giving Excite two slots on that important page.
??? City.Net Travel-oriented search service.
Infoseek
Date Company Description
Announced
8/11/98
Acquisition
pending
Quando Search technology firm primarily known for its comparison shopping services and local event guides.
Announced
6/18/98
Acquired
11/18/98
Starwave Online content provider. Producer of ESPN.com, ABCNEWS.com, Mr. Showbiz, and official sites of the NFL, NBA, NASCAR and the WNBA. In return, Disney acquires 43 percent share of Infoseek.
Acquired
6/11/98
280 Communities tools developer.
Announced
4/14/98
Acquisition
pending
WBS Community site offering free home pages and chat.
WBS stands for WebChat Broadcasting System.
Lycos
Announced
5/16/00
Acquisition

pending
Terra Networks Terra Networks to purchase Lycos, to form new Terra-Lycos company.
Announced
2/9/99
Failed
5/12/99
USA Network Lycos was to be purchased by USA Network, in a deal that later fell through.
Announced
10/6/98
Acquisition
pending
Wired Digital
(HotBot)
Operator of several web sites, including search service and Lycos-competitor HotBot, HotWired, Wired News, Webmonkey and Suck.com.
Announced
8/11/98
Acquisition
pending
WhoWhere
(AngelFire)
Free home page (AngelFire) and email provider that also powered the branded email service of Lycos-competitor Excite, when the announcement was made.
Acquired
8/4/98
GuestWorld Web site guestbook provider. Useful as a free home page building tool.
Acquired
4/30/98
WiseWire Agent technology firm able to create directory-style listings by crawling the web and employing user feedback.
Acquired
2/3/98
Tripod Community site offering free home pages.
Yahoo
Announced
1/28/99
Acquired
5/28/99
GeoCities Community site offering free home pages.
Acquired
10/20/98
Yoyodyne Internet direct marketing firm.
Acquired
6/10/98
Viaweb Hosting service for online commerce web sites.
Announced
10/8/98
Acquired
10/20/97
Four11 Web-based email and personal directory provider.