Google was the 21st search engine to enter the market
Joyce Park stashed this in Tech biz
My ex, who worked for Excite@Home search at the time, told me about a notorious all-hands meeting circa 2000 where the CEO said he wasn't going to invest in search any more because it was a mature technology without much upside.
I haven't heard of some of these active ones.
I'm still waiting for something better than Google, too.