On September 4, 1995, Spidey was created as Web Crawler’s mascot.
On April 1, 1997 (no fooling), Web Crawler was sold by AOL to Excite.
As the central list of web servers joining the Internet grew, and the World Wide Web became the interface of choice for accessing the Internet, the need for finding and organizing the distributed data files on FTP web servers grew.
Search engines began due to this need to more easily navigate the web servers and files on the Internet.
Partnerships have included agreements with Inktomi and Google.
Excite was born in February 1993 as a university project called Architext involving six undergraduate students at Stanford seeking to use statistical analysis of word relationships to improve relevancy of searches on the Internet.
This school project eventually led to Excite’s commercial release as a crawling search engine at the end of 1995.
With solid growth in 1996, Excite purchased Web Crawler and Magellan.
Toward the end of the 1990s, Excite partnered with MSN and Netscape providing search services.