Search Engine Response Times

People have questions about search engines, and one of the first places they turn to are the search engines themselves.

Below is how long it took for a question relating to each search engine to be answered, when sent via the various feedback methods each search engine provides.

Remember, always check the help files that each search engine provides for answers first. Often you'll find what you are looking for there.

Search Engine 5/97 6/97 797 9/97 12/ 97 2/98 10/98
Northern Light n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1 day 2 hours
Infoseek 1 day 1 day 1 day 1 day 1 day 1 day 3 hours
Snap n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 6 hours
LookSmart n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 11 hours
Excite 7 days 7 days 1 day No answer 1 day No answer 1 day
GoTo n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2 days
AltaVista No answer 2 days Same
day
No answer No answer 3 days No answer
HotBot 14 days No answer 2 days 1 day No answer 1 day No answer*
Lycos 1 day No answer No answer No answer No answer* No answer No answer*

* Sent generic information which did not answer the question.