The other day I was thinking about what we did before search engines existed, I mean it wasn't all that long ago, but I had difficulty in looking back and remembering when I used a search engine for the first time. I think it was probably Netscape as it seemed to be the 'default way' to search the web at the time. There was no Google, Yahoo seemed more of an entertainment portal and I really don't remember using any of the other smaller engines such as Hotbot and Excite. The thing is, I was not an early adopter. At the time, I wasn't a big fan of computers so I was out of the loop with technology and search, that is until I met Jeeves.
Ah yes Ask Jeeves. This was my first memorable experience with a search engine. I thought it was pretty cool how you could type in a question and have the butler return a response. For the most part the results that were returned satisfied my query. If you think about it, Ask Jeeves was on the right track with the service they were providing. Think about why we use search. We use search because we have a need for knowledge, or for a product, or for a service, or because we have a simple question that we do not know the answer to. (ie. What time is the movie playing tonight and at what theatre?)