August 24, 2011
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I just read on Oh Internet that Yahoo! will probably close down AltaVista this year. Actually the article is probably old, according to Wikipedia, the shutdown occurred in May, and AltaVista is now a hollow shell, just a front end for Yahoo!’s own search.
Back when I first connected to the Internet, AltaVista was often considered the best search engine, especially on European topics, the other search engines were more America-centric. It was also something of an insider tip, most people used Yahoo!. That Yahoo! bought AltaVista is something of an irony in itself.
I guess it doesn’t really matter. Things come and go. If I hadn’t read the article, I wouldn’t even have noticed, like most people I use google near-exclusively. Still it’s a bit strange. Another piece of the old Internet gone.