Another reworked term from nature is the online use of spider. A spider is a program that visits Web sites and reads their pages and other information in order to create entries for a search engine index. All the major search engines on the Web use these program. They are also appropriately known as web (more spider references) crawlers. (Also known as bots.)
That engine, Lycos, still exists at www.lycos.com/ in a very different incarnation. The engine was designed to imitate the spider’s habit of catching its prey by relentless pursuit.
Lycos, Inc. was established in 1994, spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. Lycos expanded, like many search services, to include email, webhosting, social networking, and entertainment websites. Lycos was the most visited online destination in the world in 1999, with a global presence in more than 40 countries. In 1996, the company completed the fastest IPO from inception to offering in NASDAQ history and the following year it became one of the first profitable Internet businesses in the world.