It seems to be a season where internet giants are putting off their ‘once very famous’ inventions. After Google shut down its Reader on 1st July, now Yahoo has announced that it will be the end of the road for its acquired search engine Alta Vista on July 8.
Alta Vista is considered a pioneer search site as it was the first known search engine when it was launched way back in 1995. It became “hugely popular when it was launched in 1995 because it had indexed 20 million webpages and developed its own ‘crawler’ technology that did the job of finding webpages and logging what was on them”. There was a time when Alta Vista was getting 80 million queries in a day.
But all this was before the life of Google. With the rise in fame of Google, Alta Vista’s popularity declined. Google quickly became the most popular search engine, and that decimated the progress of both Alta Vista and Yahoo.
Alta Vista was founded by PaulFlaherty along with Louis Monier and Michael Burrows. It changed hands numerous times over the years, and was finally purchased by Yahoo in 2003.
Today, not many may know of Alta Vista, but the truth is that it was a revolutionary achievement in internet. Here is how the search engine looked in 1999.
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