Remember Altavista? Yes you do. Off course, it was the first real ‘search giant’. But here is a more difficult one: remember Infoseek? Or Looksmart? That is getting more difficult right? What about visual searchengine “Searchme”. That is not that long ago, but have heard much from them in the past years.
Its all part of search engine history and who knows, someday Google will also be history (yes, it already is but its not something which has had its peak). The history of the search engines is nicely showed in this infographic.