To find out who created Dogpile, you will need to travel back to the year 1996. In 1996, search engines were nowhere near as powerful and as comprehensive as they are now, and some search engines were more comprehensive than others. Unhappy with the uneven amount of results from various search engines, Aaron Flin sought to create his own.
Who Is Aaron Flin?
In 1996, Aaron Flin was a research attorney and part-time programmer. He created Dogpile to search through 20 different search engines and aggregate results from multiple pages. Dogpile was not the first meta-search engine, but it has outlasted many of its early competitors.
During the 1990s, Dogpile searched through then-popular sites such as Excite, AltaVista and Lycos. The results page pulled up three different search engines at a time, with the option to swap for other engines. Due to its thorough search capabilities, Dogpile became a hit with many Internet users. Flin eventually sold Dogpile to Go2Net three years later for $55 million.
InfoSpace And Dogpile
In 2000, InfoSpace bought Go2Net, and Dogpile became its flagship site. Under InfoSpace's direction, Dogfile is a much simpler meta-search engine than originally conceived by Aaron Flin. It now pulls results from the popular search engines Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask.
The Dogpile Experience
Although Dogpile prides itself on simplicity, it does give users a few extras, such as the ability to download a Dogpile toolbar so you don't have to return to the Dogpile home page every time you want to launch a Dogpile search. Another perk is the user's ability to narrow searches to one site engine, or to search all engines at once.
Who Is Dogpile's Mascot?
Arfie the mutt was born the same year as Dogpile, and he has been the face of the site ever since. Current Dogpile users can still see Arfie on the homepage, where he is often championing an honorable cause or commemorating an event, and Arfie even has his own Twitter page.
"How to make Dogpile my homepage?" Many people ask this question, as Dogpile is a great place to start a Web search. These tips can help you change the home page in several browsers.