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Chapter 8. Lycos

Good to Know

  • Developed in 1994 at Carnegie Mellon University, Lycos is now owned by Terra Lycos, a Spanish company that also owns HotBot and a number of other popular Web sites.

  • The highly acclaimed Lycos spider is still used for building certain specialty databases, but the site is now powered by the FAST search engine.

  • The Lycos Web directory comes from the Open Directory Project.

  • Lycos ignores all Boolean operators, so you can't search with much precision. But it's a good choice for doing multimedia searches, and for finding phrases that include common stopwords.



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