Goodbye AltaVista

Jul 1, 2013 • 8:45 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Search Engines

AltaVista logoLate Friday, Yahoo announced they are shutting down AltaVista for good on July 8, 2013.

It is hard for anyone to write a more comprehensive eulogy for AltaVista than Danny Sullivan - so make sure to read that. You can also read about the search engine's history on Wikipedia. Another thing you might want to read is Keynote With Louis Monier - who was a founder of AltaVista.

It is not like we didn't expect it, we did, but it is sad to see it happen.

Jeff Dean, a Google Fellow, who had a lot of history with AltaVista shared his thoughts on the announcement on Google+. Here is a snippet of what he had to say:

With all that said, I have a fondness in my heart for AltaVista: it was how I first became interested in building large-scale systems for information retrieval for millions of users.

AltaVista, we shall miss thee, now that Yahoo has kicked out your proverbial electrical cord.

Forum discussion at Google+ & WebmasterWorld.

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John Edward Doyle

07/01/2013 01:15 pm

The first search engine I remember closing on my 30th birthday.


07/01/2013 04:05 pm

how much can it cost to keep the domain up and serve up the same experience as one gets currently on Yahoo? I think somebody should step in and buy the domain name from them simply for historical purposes. I'd say let's start an indiegogo or something...


07/01/2013 04:12 pm

it would still kick Google's a** in spam filtering, almost 20 years later. That's how bad it is today...


07/02/2013 07:51 am

They could sell that domain for millions and then hire a real CEO before that Marissa runs Yahoo into the ground. Or would that be such a bad thing, maybe they need to be put out of their misery?

Spook SEO

02/01/2014 09:39 am

But what was the reason behind? I heard Lycos is still on its way.

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