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Community Level 5AlexWales

AlexWales

Alta Vista - A new look at an old favourite

AdvantagesLarge database, powerful advanced search

DisadvantagesNot the biggest, lots of commercial distractions

"This one's a bit techy - and partly adapted from an essay of mine. But I suppose it might interest somebody! A few years back, around the time of the 'internet boom,' it seemed that there were two clear leaders in the searching arena. Yahoo was the choice of the masses, while anybody wanting to do some serious searching was pointed towards the mighty AltaVista. Yet between 2000 and 2002, the average number of users per month plummeted from 16 million ..." Read review
25.02.2003

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Community Level 7Squiggles

Squiggles

The search goes on...

AdvantagesUncluttered main search page, fast loading, generally accurate results

DisadvantagesToo many dead links

"Altavista.com is not a bad little search engine at all, the site itself is very uncluttered with very few images and mostly just related text links, so the pages load quickly enough. You can either search using the big search box at the top of the screen, or you can look through the various categories listed below it. The main search box gives you a few options, including whether to switch the family filter on or off and you can choose the language. ..." Read review
27.02.2001

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Community Level 5darrenloud

darrenloud

What Was Once The Market Leader Is No More

AdvantagesWell respected, useful as a complete portal.

DisadvantagesSlow, full of advertising and dead links.

"Altavista is managed by 'Altavista The Search Company', based in the US. For many years this search engine has been the number one throughout the world. It has evolved from a simple meta-engine to a portal of directories, databases and banks of graphics and the like. Altavista could be described as a portal too, providing news and that sort of thing. I may sound like I love altavista, but I'm trying to give it a good hearing first. I personally ..." Read review
04.08.2001

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Community Level 2stuartpeters

stuartpeters

STILL GOING STRONG

AdvantagesQuick. Relevent results.

DisadvantagesCant Search using questions.

"I, like many, had become addicted to GOOGLE. A couple of weeks ago I decided to return to a few of the Search Engines that I had commonly used prior to this. I was very impressed with Altavista. It is very simple and uncluttered, yet managed do its job extremely well. ~~Download Speed~~ This was one aspect of the site that really impressed me. It typically took less than 10 seconds, depending of course on the amount of hits. ~~Advanced ..." Read review
09.06.2001

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Community Level 4asyis

asyis

A VIEW FROM ABOVE

AdvantagesGood search, language trans

DisadvantagesIts loosing the race of popularity to google

"...on which I am writing. Altavista.com Altavista.com “View from Above” That is what Alta Vista means. Altavista was the first search engine to provide searches in different language and was acquired by CMGI Inc. Though it is one of the major portals when it started giving services and was really the most popular one with a best search services given. But somewhere down the line Google came and the searching at altavista reduced ..." Read review
19.04.2001

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Community Level 4saintsfanuk

saintsfanuk

My favourite search enigine

Advantagesalways find the best results and can get there quickley by typing www.av.com

Disadvantagessometimes can't find what u want (hardly ever happens)

"Altavista.com is my favourite search engine in the world. Compared to yahoo.com, which is full of pictures and lots of links, Altavista has a very simple layout. It has doesn’t have many images and is mostly just links to the categories for your search. This helps the page load quicker. It is very easy to search for what you are looking for. If you know what sort of category it is going to be in then just scroll down, enter that category, ..." Read review
12.03.2001

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Community Level 4Trev1000

Trev1000

I'll Be Back

AdvantagesEvery search will be covered by more than Altavista alone, giving more returns.

DisadvantagesNone.

" There are literally thousands of search engines on the web, each with different listings, directories, and access to various things. Most of the time a given system will only provide links from it's own server, but when you use the major engines like Yahoo, Google, Excite, & Altavista, they actually search in some of the more remote places. For most things any of the above named engines will do, though at times, and in particular finding a good ftp ..." Read review
11.05.2001

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Community Level 5janharper

janharper

Be specific

AdvantagesGood if you use all the facilities

Disadvantagesoverload if you don't specify exactly what you want

"I stopped using Alta Vista as a search engine about a year ago as it was throwing up too many 'dead' url's. I decided to do an experiment to see if was any better now. The homepage looks much the same. It's oacked with links in blue text. No pictures or other adornments. This is a good thing, of course, because it speeds up the page loading. There's a yellow box at the top of the page and I decided to start my search here instead of going through ..." Read review
25.02.2001

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Community Level 2ozcr

ozcr

Babel fish - is it just babel?

AdvantagesQuick, easy, usually gets the basics correct

Disadvantageshas trouble with complexities, and creates difficulties in translated sentences

"Babel Fish This is a service that I have found at the Altavista website. This service is much better than it used to be. It has greatly improved but there is still room for improvement. Babel Fish translate in 19 different ways and it does the most translations from english to another language and another language to english. The only translations it does that don't invlolve english are French to German and German to French. It works well for ..." Read review
31.07.2001

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Community Level 3rambo

rambo

The best robot around

AdvantagesGood search facilities, range of features like weekly lotteries, email etc.

DisadvantagesRepetition of keywords one after the other, meta refresh tags, nearly identical pages, invisible text and irrelevant keywords.

"About the company The AltaVista company is the leading knowledge resource on the Internet. Building on its strong search tradition and original technology, AltaVista is unlocking the Internet to provide access to the richest, most relevant information across multiple dimensions, including: Web pages, shopping, news headlines, live audio and video, and community resources. What’s more, AltaVista offers educational services including the multi ..." Read review
16.01.2001

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Community Level 3everyplate...

everyplatewebreak

Lost And Found

AdvantagesEnormous database

DisadvantagesSome what random in it's results

"Altavista.com is the search engine I use. I use it because it often finds what I'm looking for. This may seem like stating the obvious, but believe me, how often have you typed in a perfectly normal word to search for, and then been presented with something that it has nothing to do with? With Altavista that doesn't happen. As much. Altavista has the reputation of one of the net's best search engines. Due mainly to its enormous database of sites, ..." Read review
10.04.2001

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Community Level 4Infinity

Infinity

Searching made easy - albeit a little slow

AdvantagesEasy to use categories with a wide selection, text only site

DisadvantagesToo many other features that slow that the site down. Quite a few dead links

"When I was an Internet newbie this was the first search engine that I used. Back then it was quite a bit different to the site that you get now. However, I am looking at the site as it stands today. It is a great search engine, don't get me wrong, but I can't help feeling that it has been turned into a huge money-making "machine" and this has affected the service. Yes it is still up there with the best, however, it is no longer the best. You see ..." Read review
20.12.2000

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Community Level 2Gordy

Gordy

Stop Snow Covering Altavista

AdvantagesOverall a powerful search engine if used correctly

DisadvantagesToo many adverts may slow it down

"...that's what you think about Altavista.com then you must be using the wrong part of the impressive Altavista.com search engine. Don't' get me wrong, if you really enjoy watching the Adverts and the breaking News then don't let me stop you. However have you tried the following: www.raging.altavista.com This is a part of Altavista.com that allows users to customise the way you want your results presented, the best part is that you can have ..." Read review
31.12.2000

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Community Level 1mitico

mitico

International searches at Altavista

AdvantagesEfficient language searches

DisadvantagesNeeds familiarisation

"...I would recommend you give altavista.com a try for searches of websites in other languages, but let me say that altavista.com may be the best for me but I often couple it with other engines. ..." Read review
20.01.2001

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Community Level 3demongit

demongit

not just another search engine

Advantagessuperb all round

Disadvantagesno free sms service

"Altavista is the search engine I have made my home. The moment the site loads up it is clear that this is one of the best! It has a very simple layout with nice easy to read text. Right away the simple yellow and blue colour scheme attracts you to the search bar. This is so different from the most of the search engines that have huge adverts at the start or fast moving gifs to distract you. There are easy instructions to help you search and ..." Read review
14.02.2001

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