The 11 search engines studied are: Altavista, Excite, Hot-bot, Infoseek, Lycos, NetFind
, Netscape, Snap, Search, Webcrawler, and Yahoo.
Kids Only AOL's "search engine that links only to sites that are safe for kids." http://www.aol.com/netfind/kids/
50 percent Excite II percent Lycos 6 percent AltaVista 6 percent AOL Netfind
6 percent Infoseek 3 percent Other 19 percent
This follows the AOL's activities in the US, where its NetFind
facility uses the same Excite technology, and its strategy to become a portal to non-subscribers in Japan.
1 local content network and community guide on AOL and the Internet; AOL NetFind
, AOL's comprehensive guide to the Internet; AOL Instant Messenger, an instant messaging tool available on both AOL and the Internet; and ICQ, an instant communications and chat technology on the Internet.
In contrast, agents like Netfind
[Schwartz and Tsirigotis 1991] employ segmenters that partition the nodes in the Internet into relevant and irrelevant sets.
Recommendation: Use Internet tools such as Finger, Knowbot, Netfind
, and Whois to locate individuals; record names found in mailing lists and newsgroups; and maintain your own list of addresses.
CARL 88.34 9.11 2.54 Cleveland Freenet 94.82 3.60 1.58 Dialog 94.91 2.58 2.50 ERIC 93.19 5.31 1.50 Geographic Name Server 97.77 1.44 .81 Netfind
94.37 4.11 1.52 OCLC 93.43 2.39 4.17 RLIN 96.89 1.33 1.78 SpaceLink 98.03 1.52 .45 STIS 98.11 1.53 .36 Weather Underground 90.71 5.49 3.81 Webster Dictionary 95.72 2.49 1.78 File transfer protocol (ftp) sites indicated on the survey were also not extremely popular, as shown in Table 7.
Methods of finding addresses range from a rather purpose-defeating telephone call to using network directory services such as WHOIS, Knowbot, or NETFIND
For example, Netfind
extracts user information from several common Internet services , including the Domain Naming System (DNS), the finger service, and the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.
is the most popular search engine (with 43.5 per cent of all search engine referrals), followed by AltaVista (10.49 percent), Excite (9.85 percent), InfoSeek (7.6 percent), and AOL's Netfind
Netscape also includes AOL Instant Messenger in Communicator; and AOL NetFind
is included in Netscape's search engine rotations.