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What is a web crawler?

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5:00 am on Feb 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What is a web crawler or a robot? Is it some software? Sorry for my complete ignorance but , I have never got a real answer to this ever.
5:34 am on Feb 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You'll find the answers right under your fingertips. For starters, read the first few paragraphs of:

Wikipedia: Web crawler [en.wikipedia.org]

See also:

Wikipedia: Internet bot [en.wikipedia.org]

Want more info? Pick your choice of major search engine and go for it!