The Quiz: Released in 1990, what was the first internet search engine called?
Years before Google dominated the internet, a variety of smaller search engines gave access to the World Wide Web. The first was created by Alan Emtage in 1990. Emtage worked in the information technology department at Montreal’s McGill University. There, he developed a way to search through files faster after becoming frustrated with a large amount of data and a slow connection. He named it “Archie,” after “archive.” Students and faculty at the university caught wind of the system and began using it. Eventually, half of Canada was using Archie to search the internet.
The correct answer to this quiz is Archie.