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Gigablast is a search engine which aims to be more efficient and scale better than other search engines. It is run by Matt Wells. Image File history File links Gigablast. ... Image File history File links Gigablast. ... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ...

Matt Wells was employed by Infoseek until 2000. [citation needed] After he decided that he wanted to run his own search engine, Wells wrote the code for Gigablast from scratch. The engine runs on a cluster of eight standard desktop computers, enhanced with large harddisks and plenty of memory. [citation needed] A known logo Infoseek was a very popular search engine founded in 1994 by Steve Kirsch, et. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

Gigablast guesses related keywords from a search query. This is called GigaBits. Using this technology, one can enter a query like Who is the president of the USA? and the GigaBit with the highest percentage - standing for the highest relevance - is President Bush. This technology works well in many cases.

Gigablast indexes HTML, PDF, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint files. Although Gigablast is free of any kinds of advertising, Matt Wells is able to live on Gigablast. He does so licensing his search results to meta-search engines and by selling the Gigablast technology to businesses who then run it on their own networks. Gigablast is particularly attractive for this, because its demands on hardware are significantly lower than competing products. [citation needed] A meta-search engine is a search engine that sends user requests to several other search engines and/or databases and returns the results from each one. ...

There has been some speculation concerning when, if at all, Gigablast would attract major funding to allow it to enlarge its operations. Speculation intensified when a link appeared on the Gigablast homepage (around 16th March 2005) explaining that it would be offering shares in the company, effectively valuing itself at US$34M. The link disappeared within days, prompting further speculation that an offer of funding had been immediately forthcoming. [citation needed]


In the past, Gigablast's spider Gigabot has been criticised for its aggressive crawling, often bringing down smaller websites with many pages but modest bandwidth and hardware resources. [1] On the contrary, however, this citation is not valid, and Gigablast has made significant improvements to its spidering technology in order to not hit a website more than once every 10-30 seconds, maximum. A web crawler (also known as a Web spider or Web robot) is a program or automated script which browses the World Wide Web in a methodical, automated manner. ...

Gigabot currently supports the non-standard crawl-delay robots.txt directive which can be used to specify how long it must wait between each document it fetches. The robots exclusion standard or robots. ...

Human Resource Practices

Gigablast is based in Albuquerque, NM, with a population of 500,000. There have been reports about bad HR practices at Gigablast with employees being fired based on mood and whims. While most employees have been there for less than a year, work environment means they have a 50% retention rate amongst them.

Gigablast does have a 100% retention rate for quality engineers. However, if an engineer, for instance, pollutes the code base with shoddy work and then wipes everyone's source code and then, with little concern, parties over the weekend, the retention rate is not very high.

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Gigablast will spider their websites in real-time at the rate of one page every five seconds.
Gigablast suggests that webmasters build their list of relevant websites by harvesting URLs from an online directory service such as: http://www.dmoz.org/ or http://www.yahoo.com/.
Gigablast search engine now offering related pages (432 words)
Gigablast also recently announced a 50% increase in the size of its index from 1 billion to 1.5 billion webpages.
Founded in 2000, Gigablast was created to index up to 200 Billion webpages with the least amount of hardware possible.
In addition, the Gigablast website, http://www.gigablast.com /, provides unique "Gigabits" of information, enabling visitors to easily refine their search based upon related topics from search results.
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