Goodbye AltaVista

Jul 1, 2013 • 8:45 am | comments (5) by | 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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