AltaVista on its Launch
There was the time when AltaVista was known for its Search ability. It was 1995 when Palo Alto, Califonia- based Alta Vista was introduced, three years before Google was founded. The Alta Vista site AltaVista.com was an immidiate success. The traffic hit 3,00,000 on the first day and increased steadily from 3,00,000 hits to more than 80 million hits per day two years later. At the time of launch, the two services put it ahead of the other search engines – first: it had an efficient search running back- end on advanced hardware and the second: it used a fast and multi threaded crawler (scooter) that was good at covering many more webpages which was found almost impossible at that time. Another distinguishing AltaVista’s feature was its minimalistic interface which was lost when became a portal but it regained when it refocused its efforts on its search function. In 1998 it used 20 multi-processor machines which made AltaVista the first searchable, full-text database of a large World Wide Web.
AltaVista launch date, type and other details
Foundation Date: December 15, 1995
Type: A Private Company
Site type: Search Engine
Parent: Overture services, Yahoo
Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, USA
Key people: Louis Monier Burrows, Paul Flaherty, Jeffrey Black
Alexa Rank: 9,723 (02 Feb, 2013)
Available in: Multilingual
Current status: no longer exist (8 Jul, 2013)
Why AltaVista is no more?
Even being one of the known search engine, AltaVista is no more. On Monday 8 Jul, 2013 the Yahoo Inc. , the owner of AltaVista sent AltaVista.com to the Internet graveyard to rest. Along with the mention of AltaVista’s July 8 expiration date, the post says only: “Please visit Yahoo Search for all of your searching needs.” In the last month on 28th of Jun, 2013, Yahoo announced AltaVista’s fate on its Tumbler page. The report says that decline of AltaVista began actually when it expanded to become more like Yahoo by offering a large group of services rather sticking solely with the search. And when it reversed it was too late, because Google was on the rise at a fast speed.
Danny Sullivan, search industry expert likened AltaVista saying,”AltaVista was a bright child neglected by its parents.” On a blog post, Danny wrote,”You were loved.People did not want to leave you. But despite adding new features,you couldn’t keep up with the pace and innovation of that company, which decided against becoming a portal like your corporate masters ordered for you.”