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What is MetaCrawler?

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MetaCrawler is a metasearch engine owned by Blucora's InfoSpace. Metasearch engines explore various different search engines and compile the results. MetaCrawler examines top results from search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, About.com and LookSmart. MetaCrawler is known as Zoo as of 2014.

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MetaCrawler was initially created at the University of Washington in 1994. It was developed as part of a doctoral degree qualifying exam to research the semantic structure of the Internet and early search engines such as WebCrawler and Lycos. InfoSapace acquired MetaCrawler in 1999. Other Blucora metasearch engines include Dogpile and WebCrawler. Blucora purchased HowStuffWorks on June 2, 2014. Blucora is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash.

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