With solid growth in 1996, Excite purchased Web Crawler and Magellan.
About the same time, Matthew Gray developed Wandex, the first search engine in the form that we know search engines today.
As the central list of web servers joining the Internet grew, and the World Wide Web became the interface of choice for accessing the Internet, the need for finding and organizing the distributed data files on FTP web servers grew.
Search engines began due to this need to more easily navigate the web servers and files on the Internet.
The first search engine was developed as a school project by Alan Emtage, a student at Mc Gill University in Montreal.
Back in 1990, Alan created Archie, an index (or archives) of computer files stored on anonymous FTP web sites in a given network of computers (“Archie” rather than “Archives” fit name length parameters – thus it became the name of the first search engine).