Discuss: Altavista Closing Down

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July 5, 2013 at 05:42:46
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Yahoo! is shutting down the Altavista search engine on July 8th. Discuss here if you ever used Altavista way back when, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

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#1
July 5, 2013 at 07:23:58
For a moment, I feared for the town by the same name. Guess that shows how long it's been since I've used that search engine.

Back in the day, I think I used WebCrawler, but it was terrible. So I bounced between Yahoo and AltaVista until I learned about Google. I suspect a lot of people from the pre-Google era have similar stories.

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#2
July 5, 2013 at 13:02:03
AltaVista is the first search engine I used, way back on Win 95.
Google came along and the rest is history.


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#3
July 5, 2013 at 13:52:57
What Derek said. I haven't thought of AltaVista in nearly 20 years.

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#4
July 5, 2013 at 14:12:35
Ditto on the above responses. I didn't even know it still existed.

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#5
July 5, 2013 at 14:20:17
Although I'm no fan of Google themselves I have to admit that nothing beats their search engine. AltaVista was very good in the old days but times change.

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#6
July 5, 2013 at 17:41:41
I used Webcrawler exclusively until I found Google. I was aware of Altavista but never used it.

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#7
July 6, 2013 at 09:56:13
Sadly this is progress.
For the first (and probably last) time I used it today.
Seemed fast and easy to use.
Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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#8
July 6, 2013 at 10:50:07
Like Derek, I used it back in the Win95 days with dial up.

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#9
July 6, 2013 at 21:57:36
Ah, the days of yore, when AltaVista, HotBot, Webcrawler, Highway 61, Lycos and others crawled the web. At least then you had something of a choice. What few remain are now generally tied to Google, Bing or Yahoo. And at least then they weren't suspected of turning over your searches to the NSA.

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#10
July 30, 2013 at 19:07:15
yes like most I used it many years ago then went on to google but i have progressed beyond google to ixquick. They pull results from google as well as many other sites and dont log you ip or search results they also have a proxy button next to each result that sends the page through thier servers so the site cant record your info either. You may not get as many results but who needs 10,000,000 anyway? who ever goes beyond page 2 or 3?

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