Advantages Quick. Relevent results.
Disadvantages Cant 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 Search Features~~
Altavista bore well in this part of its analysis. It is possible to completely customise your search, with options such as;-Description
You can also choose to Search using the Family Filter, which attempts to try and block out any controversial sites, though this cannot be relied on 100%~~Accuracy of Seach Results~~
Overall I found the links arising from searching on Altavista to be mostly accurate. Very few of the sites were of complete irrelevence, and I was pleasently surprised.~~Amount of Dead Links~~
As with all Search Engines however, there were of course some sites that had shutdown or under construction etc. Altavista did seem to have less than a lot of other Search Engines though, so a big plus here.~~Ability to Search by Images/Sound/Video~~
Using Altavista, you are able to do complete searches just on anyone of these three categories. For Sound, a list of relevent files will be displayed, and you will have the option of downloading directly from Altavista, or visiting the link.~~Ability to Search by Phrase or Question~~
Unfortunately this is the one main aspect where Altavista just didn't measure up. I found this function to be very poor, and would recommend sites such as C4.com, or AskJeeves.com for anyone wanting this.Overall I was quite impressed by Altavista. It was simple to navigate, easy to use, had very few dead links and offered relevent results. Defintately one to try.
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