What is a Web Portal, more commonly called just a Portal? It is a website that offers a broad array of resources such as chatrooms, e-mail, forums, search engines and on-line shopping. Some common portals are Yahoo, AOL, Lycos and MSN. These sites offer a variety of links and resources.
In the late 1990s, the Web portal began it's popularity. After the introduction of Web browsers in the mid 1990s, many companies tried to build or obtain a portal, to have a piece of the Internet market.
Commonly these portals are used as homepages - a start page listing several catagories for finding the latest weather, news, sports, entertainment etc...
The search engine Google is an American public corporation and was founded in Menlo Park, California on September 7th 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The company based in Mountain View, California employs 7,942 people including CEO/Director Eric E. Schmidt.
The name "Google" originated from a misspelling of "googol", meaning a 1 followed by one-hundred zeros. Google has had a major impact on online but also off it. The verb "google" was recently added to both the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary, meaning "to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet."
In competition with Yahoo and MSN, Google is the most popular search engine world wide.
So what is yahoo!?
It is a naviagtional guide to the web. A search engine or search service program designed to help find information stored on World Wide Web. The search engine allows one to ask for content meeting specific criteria (typically those containing a given word or phrase) and retrieves a list of references that match those criteria. Search engines use regularly updated indexes to operate quickly and efficiently. Without further qualification, search engine usually refers to a Web search engine, which searches for information on the public Web.
Where and When did it come about?
"""Originally named "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" by founders David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo is one of the world's most recognized search engine."""
The name Yahoo! is an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle", however was chosen by the two creators for its more common deffinition: rude, unsophisticated,uncouth.
Yahoo! began as a student hobby and evolved into a global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, find and access information and purchase things. The two founders of Yahoo!, David Filo and Jerry Yang, Ph.D. candidates in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, started their guide in a campus trailer in February 1994 as a way to keep track of their personal interests on the Internet. Before long they were spending more time on their home-brewed lists of favorite links than on their doctoral dissertations. Eventually, Jerry and David's lists became too long and unwieldy, and they broke them out into categories. When the categories became too full, they developed subcategories ... and the core concept behind Yahoo! was born.
Yahoo! celebrated its first million-hit day in the fall of 1994, translating to almost 100 thousand unique visitors
Today, Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet communications, commerce and media company that offers a comprehensive branded network of services to more than 345 million individuals each month worldwide. As the first online navigational guide to the Web, www.yahoo.com is the leading guide in terms of traffic, advertising, household and business user reach. Yahoo! is the No. 1 Internet brand globally and reaches the largest audience worldwide. The company also provides online business and enterprise services designed to enhance the productivity and Web presence of Yahoo!'s clients. These services include Corporate Yahoo!, a popular customized enterprise portal solution; audio and video streaming; store hosting and management; and Web site tools and services. The company's global Web network includes 25 World properties. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Yahoo! has offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Canada and the United States.
The dictionary defines multimedia as measures of communication involving various methods of media. Media being different types of ways to interact, such as web cameras, CD-ROM’s, graphics, and videos. These days, there are so many types of different software and programs you may use on your computer. Technology is getting more advanced every day and there are applications that allow you to do just about anything. Multimedia allows you to create life-like graphics in animation. You can have a sound system on your computer and making videos is relatively easy as well. Multimedia is enhancing the world we live in. Because of all the different types of media out there, the more powerful your computer, the better. There are numerous devices available to use on your computer. They include larger memory and storage space, accelerators, sound cards, subwoofers with the speakers, microphones, DVD-ROM’s, improved microprocessors, and wireless additions to the computer. Many of these devices even require additional software in order to operate. We are able to integrate digital cameras onto our computers and scan items for graphics. Multimedia software is used everywhere everyday. We even use multimedia to describe our home entertainment systems. The big screen TV’s with surround sound and DVD player is all included in the electronic products that we refer to as multimedia. There are different dimensions to media. Single-dimensional would refer to email (you are just using text to communicate) or radio (you are producing sound for people to listen to). To be categorized as multimedia, the technology must exhibit more than one way of communication. This would include the internet, as you can view text and pictures at the same time you’re listening to music and talking through a web camera to your friend.