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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 ... Read review

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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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Type Search Engines & Directories
Domain Extension .com

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Listed on Ciao since 05/06/2000

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