SearchDay 2001 Year in Review

Despite a slowdown in many sectors, the pace of change in the web search universe seemed to accelerate dramatically during the year 2001. Here's a personal and admittedly idiosyncratic look back at some of the most newsworthy or notable stories from SearchDay's first year of publication.

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Google Fires New Salvo in Search Engine Size Wars
SearchDay #157, December 11, 2001
Google's web index has grown to more than 3 billion documents, including an unprecedented archive of Usenet newsgroup postings dating back to 1981.

FAST Search Engine Shifts into High Gear
SearchDay #137, November 13, 2001 search has snuck up on all of the major search engines with new features, speed and customization capabilities, and is now a viable challenger to pack-leader Google.

The Wayback Machine: A Web Archives Search Engine
SearchDay #127, October 30, 2001
The Wayback Machine is a phenomenal search engine that contains over 100 terabytes and 10 billion web pages archived from 1996 to the present.

News Portals and Search Engines
SearchDay #117, October 16, 2001
Using a search engine to find news is like using the encyclopedia to look up a phone number -- not too smart. Specialized news search sites are the best tool for the job.

Wisenut, the Google Killer? Nah...
SearchDay #88, September 5, 2001
The media is heralding Wisenut as the scrappy underdog that's supposedly going to topple Google from its "throne" as the king of web search. Not likely -- here's why.

AltaVista Launches Trusted Feed Program
SearchDay #74, August 16, 2001
AltaVista's new Trusted Feed program offers unprecedented control to webmasters, allowing submission of 500 or more URLs directly to the search engine via an XML feed.

What Search Engines See Isn't Always What You Get
SearchDay #33, June 20, 2001
Cloaking is a technique used by some webmasters to deliver one page to a search engine for indexing, while serving an entirely different page to everyone else -- in short, the classic bait and switch technique applied to the web.

Web Archaeology: Yahoo Relics
SearchDay #32, June 19, 2001
Do you remember what Yahoo looked like in 1994? Digging into the web reveals several fascinating relics of the service that later morphed into the portal we're familiar with today.

In Praise of Fuzzy Searching
SearchDay #23, June 6, 2001
"Fuzzy" means blurred or indistinct, and the last thing we searchers want are blurred or indistinct results. Paradoxically, a liberal dose of "fuzzy logic" can actually improve the precision of search engine results.

The Hidden Power of AND
SearchDay #2, May 8, 2001
The deceptively simple Boolean AND operator is actually a remarkable power tool for searchers, especially when you're mining for information located on the Invisible web.

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Legions Used Closed U.S. Web Sites...
Los Angeles Times Jan 3 2002 1:07PM GMT
Yahoo hikes listing service fees...
ZDNet Jan 3 2002 10:59AM GMT
Historic census Web site crashes...
CNN Jan 3 2002 9:29AM GMT
New hole in AOL Instant Messenger lets hackers take over...
San Francisco Chronicle Jan 3 2002 7:34AM GMT
Blodget Gives Yahoo Farewell Thumbs-Up... Jan 3 2002 7:04AM GMT
Court Upholds FTCs Authority To Regulate Internet Ads... Jan 3 2002 7:04AM GMT
Storm Chasers Collide In Domain-Name Dispute... Jan 3 2002 7:04AM GMT
Why less spam is the greatest gift of all...
ZDNet Jan 3 2002 2:08AM GMT
Meta-Search Engines... Jan 3 2002 1:32AM GMT
Internet naming regulators tackle domain names with non-Latin characters...
Nando Times Jan 2 2002 10:32PM GMT
Domain registration in decline...
The Register Jan 2 2002 2:29PM GMT
Internet starts to shrink...
BBC Jan 2 2002 1:37PM GMT
1901 census published online...
ZDNet Jan 2 2002 10:09AM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.