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Web address
Type of site Web search engine
Registration Optional
Available in English
Written in C/C++
Created by Matt Wells
Launched 2000; 14 years ago (2000)
Alexa rank 12,634[1]
Current status Online

Gigablast is a small independent web search engine based in New Mexico.[2] It was founded in 2000 by Matt Wells, formerly of Infoseek.

Gigablast provides, or has provided, search results to other companies, such as Ixquick,[3] Clusty,[4] Zuula, Snap,[5] and Blingo.

In July 2013, the Gigablast search engine source code in C/C++ was released as open source under version 2.0 of the Apache license.[6]

In 2003, New York Times columnist Lee Dembart opined that Google is "head and shoulders" above Gigablast, and adds that Google's search results are more complete.[7]


Gigablast supports various specialized searches and Boolean operators.[8] It also supports a related-concepts feature called "Giga Bits"[9] and a blog-search feature.[10]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Burge, Randy (11 June 2007). "New Mexico's soil fertile for brainchilds". Albuquerque Tribune. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ixquick Q&A". Ixquick. January 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Do Alternative Search Engines Measure Up?". PC World. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Delaney, Kevin J. (6 October 2004). "Snap Enters Field Of Search Engines With Some Twists". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 December 2013. Closed access
  6. ^ "Gigablast Now an Open Source Search Engine". PR Newswire. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Dembart, Lee (March 24, 2003). "Being Googled". The New York Times. "Google is indispensable to anyone who uses the Internet. It isn't the only search engine — Teoma has its adherents, as does Gigablast — but Google is head and shoulders above the others." 
  8. ^ Rubenking, Janet (1 February 2003). "Search Smarter". PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Shaw, Maura D. (2007). "Conducting Advanced Searches". Mastering Online Research: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective and Efficient Search Strategies. Writer's Digest. p. 81. ISBN 1582974586. 
  10. ^ Arrington, Michael (9 July 2005). "Profile – Gigablast (Blog Search)". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 


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