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MetaCrawler Fact Sheet
MetaCrawler®, one of the first metasearch engines,
leverages many of the Web's best search engines simultaneously, returning
the most efficient search results.
MetaCrawler queries many of the Web's top search
engines simultaneously, retrieving the best search results across the
Internet and organizes them in a uniform format, ranking them by
MetaCrawler draws upon the databases of a large number of the Web's
best search engines. MetaCrawler simultaneously sends queries to About,
Ask Jeeves, FindWhat, LookSmart, and Overture, among others.
Efficiency is what sets MetaCrawler apart from other
engines. Users are able to receive relevant results from more than a dozen
leading search engines in the same amount of time it would take to
independently search one engine.
MetaCrawler instantaneously queries multiple search engines, produces
results, and then organizes the results according to relevance.
MetaCrawler is more likely than a regular search engine to obtain accurate
results and find relevant information.
In presenting search results, MetaCrawler combines and normalizes
confidence scores to rank each result in a "voted" ordering. Results can
be returned in order of the highest to lowest score.
MetaCrawler has extended its metasearch capabilities to include
auctions, audio/MP3, image, domain name and origin, newsgroups and
- Audio/MP3: Simply click on MetaCrawler's Audio/MP3 tab, and the
world of music is available. Results are sorted by relevance and
category (i.e. title, artist, file name and more) of those first
- Image: In partnership with ditto.com, MetaCrawler's Image search
feature helps users find images, pictures and photos.
- Domain name and origin: MetaCrawler searches can also filter results
by domain name (i.e. .edu, .com and .gov), region (i.e. North America,
Europe, Asia, etc.) and by individual country.
- Newsgroups: Through Google, MetaCrawler users can search the Web and
find people discussing topics and information relevant to their search
- Directories: MetaCrawler users can also search various directories,
including the Web's Best Directory, powered by LookSmart, and the Open
Directory, part of the Open Project Directory, a volunteer effort to
produce the Web's most comprehensive directory.
For extremely hard-to-find search items, MetaCrawler offers "Power
Search." Options associated with Power Search include the ability to
select specific engines to search, and the option to adjust the amount of
time to wait for results, quantity of results per page, and number of
results per search source.
MetaCrawler also has the capability to customize searches to produce
even more timely and relevant results. The first level of customization
consists of the "any" words, "all" words and as a "phrase" options. In
addition to the previous search specifications, MetaCrawler recognizes
special search syntax allowing the searcher to return even more specific
MetaCrawler offers two additional unique tools for the search
enthusiast – MetaSpy and MiniCrawler. MetaSpy gives users a glimpse of
what others are searching for at that very moment. Meanwhile, MiniCrawler
is valuable for those trying to manage space on their desktop. It is a
tiny version of MetaCrawler that gives users constant access to the Web's
top metasearch service.
MetaCrawler, part of InfoSpace Inc., was developed in
1994 by then University of Washington (UW) graduate student Erik Selberg
and UW Professor Oren Etzioni. MetaCrawler was first released to the Web
in June 1995 and then licensed to Netbot, Inc., which Etzioni co-founded.
Go2Net, now InfoSpace Inc, (NASDAQ: INSP), took over exclusive operation
of MetaCrawler from Netbot in February 1997.
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