Hotbot was a beautiful part of internet technology that was created be Wired Magazine in the year 1996. Its genesis started on as a university research project that was conducted by Eric Brewer an assistant Professor and Paul Gathier, a computer scientist who was working on acquiring a computer science PhD at the University of California in the United States. The project started as one that was to demonstrate and gives positive results that a cluster of small computers could be put together to achieve the exact same performance of that of a supercomputer. The results came out to be positive and they discovered that these small computers when put together could also share, compute and analyze data as fast as a supercomputer at the same time.
It was just about that time that Inktomi (ink-to-me) Corporation was founded by the same creators of Hotbot. Inktomi Corporation was a company that provided software for internet service providers. The corporation served as a very good and well profitable firm, an able-bodied one that could support the idea of a search engine since it was already internet and technology related. Hotbot then at that time became a very powerful and popular tool with search results that was served by Inktomi database. This search engine also made use of information from Direct Hit, a tool which applied click-through data in manipulating results.
Hotbot during its launching period made use of “new links”, a very different and unique strategy of marketing which was considered one of the best strategies of that time which made it to get the latest of updates to its search database. Within this period, it also offered free web hosting which only lasted for a very short period of time and was one of the first engines to gain the ability of providing search options within search results.
Two years later after its creation, Lycos acquired Hotbot as part of its acquisition and thereafter Hotbot started failing in their development era and soon after the market shares followed. In the 2002, since Hotbot was failing it had to be re-launched. It was now re-created as a multiple option search tool, thereby providing its users with information from the FAST, Google and Teoma databases.
In 2011, upon its rebirth the Hotbot search engine was still no were to be compared to any of the major third-party search engines like Yahoo.com, MSN etc. and had to be re-launched once again. It now had a new logo, and a better and modernized looking design and flexibility. It became a portal that didn’t just return web search results but also searches from various Lycos hosted websites. The Hotbot lasted for just six months before its paralysis kicked in. someday in October 2016, Lycos took a huge decision and ended up with the idea of selling Hotbot.com to a buyer who identity was undisclosed.
The Hotbot search engine is still fully operational and has now been modified and design to look and search for information better. It now provides search data in a very organized and well structured manner.
I’ve used Hotbot to find information about Lottery Winners for some time. It is pretty convenient on android, but is too heavily depending on the same algorithms used elsewhere. Probably Wired over-estimated their own capacity on building a search engine. Hotbot is referred to as a former Lycos-site. Lycos was designed by Carnegie Mellon institute in Pitthsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As long as Hotbot only is a shell surrounding Microsofts Bing there seems to be little new to find on this engine. I’d go for MillionShort, Gigablast, Yandex or MultiSearch instead. It’s still a neat little engine. I still use it instead of Bing sometimes.