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Web address .com.gigablastwww
Type of site
Web search engine
Registration Optional
Available in English
Written in C/C++
Created by Matt Wells
Launched 2000 (2000)
Alexa rank
negative increase 15,257 (February 2015)[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. Its source code was released under the Apache license in 2013.

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

In 2003, New York Times columnist Lee Dembart mentioned that "Gigablast has its adherents", but opined that Google is "head and shoulders" above it, and adds that Google's search results are more complete.[6]

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.[7]


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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]


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  • Steve Kirsch, "A Conversation with Matt Wells", ACM Queue 2:2 (May 5, 2004) full text
  • Greg R. Notess, "Review of Gigablast", updated Mar. 31, 2008 at SearchEngineShowdown
  • Mary Ellen Bates, "Gigablast Blasts Off Again", Online, May/Jun 2008 abstract
  • Scan of Business 2.0 coverage of Matt Wells and Gigablast

External links

  • Gigablast search engine
  • Gigablast search engine open source code
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