There was WebCrawler, Lycos, Infoseek, AltaVista, Dogpile, Ask Jeeves, and a bunch of other also-rans that helped us find what we were looking for on the Net. Technically virtual robots, web crawlers take your query and scan a series of links and web pages looking for anything that matches your search. The Web would have been untamable without such services. Imagine trying to find Kim Kardashian ass shots without a browser? Well, you would just have to come to us—but still, it'd be difficult.

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