On Sat, 25 Jun 2022 08:06:53 -0700 (PDT), Bob <rob...@bestweb.net
Back in 1991 I subscribed to Delphi, which I believe was the first
internet access program. We used a search engine called Gopher, but
there were also others at that time. Here is an article about those
early search engines:
"Archie, Veronica, and other early search engines -
Veronica, a service from the University of Nevada System Computing
Services that tried to provide Archie-style searches for plain text
files. An even bigger advance was Gopher, which made it possible to
search through online databases and text files. With Archie, you
really had to have a clue that a file was somewhere on a given site.
With Gopher, you could simply search and let the server worry about
finding which site had the information you wanted.
While Gopher was being built in 1991, the Web was also being created.
By 1993, just as Gopher reached its maturity, I thought the first real
Internet search engine, WAIS (Wide Area Information System), was going
to be more important than the Web! I was putting the cart before the
horse. WAIS, like Archie, Veronica, and Gopher, exist now only as
Internet historical trivia." -