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Screenshot of Archie, the first seeker.
Google accounts for almost 96% of the global search engine market share, according to Statista. They are followed, by far, Bing (2.7%) and Yahoo! (1.14%). Although they are complex search engines, some of their techniques are similar to those that Archie began using 30 years ago, which is considered the first search engine on the Internet. It was developed even before the World Wide Web existed and was intended to locate files stored on FTP (file transfer protocol) servers.

“Archie’s main difference with other search engines like Google or Yahoo! is that it was not a web browser. It was a search engine for FTP servers, that is, for servers where there were files ”, explains Fernando Suárez, president of the Council of Official Colleges of Computer Engineering (CCII). Its creation was one of the most outstanding advances in the field of computing in 2020. This is considered by the School of Computer Engineering of the University of Oviedo, which explains that before 1990 users could only access the web using FTP protocols : “This made navigation extremely complicated as we understand it today, since to access a site you had to know the server where it was located.”
Therefore, according …

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