| 4:39 pm on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)|
I heard about this a yesterday, but didn't know where the story was.
I think it is laughable. Let em try to sue because other search engines "violate" their patents. They will have to take on ~everybody~.
| 4:52 pm on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)|
"They [Altavista] were the first to spider and index the Web."
Wetherell hasn't been around long, has he?
| 5:19 pm on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)|
>They [Altavista] were the first to spider and index the Web
That is true, so far as I can attest. We were all swapping reciprocals on our "other links" pages or submitting to various directories until Digital rolled out AV to show off their computer technology. Like the Unisys patent on .gifs, I expect AV has something here on the spidering aspect.
| 5:44 pm on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Hey c'mon, rc. AV started mid december 1995. By that time Lycos had been around since the spring, and Webcrawler for a year before that. "Heralded as the first Internet search engine, WebCrawler was created in early 1994 at the University of Washington." (from Excite press release)
| 6:30 pm on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)|
As I said, so far as I can attest. I vaguely remember WebCrawler rolling out of University of Washington, but can't really peg Lycos for a start date. Though I don't doubt the authenticity of their respective dates, I can tell you that nothing happened much on the traffic front until AV came to town.