Altavista in the old days

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I still remember way back in the late 90's when Altavista was by far my favorite search engine. I always got descent traffic from them, and they seemed to include my sites fairly quickly. Today it seems much different though, and I rarely ever goto Altavista to find things. Since Google has come out I had found their results seemed to be much better and from that point I have always used Google to find resources or other things on the internet. Kind of funny how times change... so much has changed with everything and the internet.
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that reminds me of a research paper i had to do. I chose to write it on what happens behind the scenes when you use windows update.
how it used to be was it scanned your system and filtered out the updates that didn't apply to you and sent the rest.
Nowadays, it has the m.o. to see what kind of hardware you have, what applications are installed on your computer, and other information which can be shared with others (i.e. third party software companies).

on a side note, some of the humorous events on annoyances.org may actually come true one day...
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I used to use dogpile all the time. I always thought it was the
best before I found excite, then eventually google. Oh those
were the days....

now it's google or nothing :P
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yeah i gotta say google is my friend :thumbsup:
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I was just wondering, about how long ago did you first hear about google?
i think my first time was around 1996- 97, but im definitely sure it was before 2000.
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Yep, Altavista used to be the man. Then I went to Excite, and now I am with Google.
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Back when I was toddling over the net, I always used MSN search because it was built into IE. yuck!
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Before I found google, Lycos was my favorite.

What was I thinking? :-x
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Altavista -> Lycos -> Google (my search engine experience)
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Before I started using google I used go.com and I was an editor there approving links etc. It used to be a really good search engine but then it all fell to peices :(
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I just hope that Microsoft dosen't succed in purchasing Google.

What a wreck that would be! *shutters*

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how could u even mention that - i'll have nightmares man.
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ewww is that a rumor or they really want it?
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the flaming eye of microsoft has not yet turned upon google, the last free search engine in the west.

let's keep it that way.
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It's too bad Altavista and ATW are going to be scraped by Yahoo. Oh the memories. Isn't Ask Jeeves still independent?
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Yeah, plus Ask Jeeves recently bought the Excite network.
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As I heard from slashdot.com, Microsoft offered Google $20 billion or something.

Let's hope Google has the guts to say NO!
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Here's a couple articles about what's going on:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industrie ... arch_x.htm
http://news.com.com/2009-1032_3-1020641.html

Well, I couldn't find that slashdot thread, but these tell about what's going on.

Google used to have anarticle on their site, but they must have taken it down, too.
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Those articles are pretty old (pre-2004). I'm pretty sure that Google's answer was a 'no', b/c of the lack of new news.
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Lycos -> Google -> alltheweb -> Google & Looksmart

Back in the old days Looksmart was seen as evil and rather naff. Looksmart search now days is really good especially for entertainment topics because its is powered by Zeal directory. Zeal directory is far better than DMOZ in every way (apart from giving your site a PR boost cos it has no PR on its internal pages!).
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Well everyone, Altavista is now dead. It shows Yahoo results now.
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vetofunk wrote:
Well everyone, Altavista is now dead. It shows Yahoo results now.


How can you tell? Where did you hear that?
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It started with this article:
http://www.pandia.com/sw-2004/08-yahoo.html

and then I went through and noticed all the same results between Altavista and Yahoo.
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So Yahoo actually bought out Altavista and Alltheweb.

Interesting... two less search engines on the Net.

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