AltaVista will have to say goodbye

Altavista have to say goodbye to web because of tough times at Yahoo.

According to some sources, due to bad times, Yahoo has to stop or kill many projects, the most prominent being the AltaVista and others including MyBlogLog, Yahoo! Picks, Yahoo! Bookmarks, Yahoo! Buzz and Delicious.

AltaVista was launched back in 1995 by the team at Digital Equipment Corp. Western Research Laboratory with a great welcome of over 300,000 hits on the launch day itself  and 80 million two years later. While these numbers may seem small for today but it was the numbers in an era when Internet was considered a failure by many and when the Internet penetration was very small. The first version of IE was also launched in 1996, on my birth year.

The Search Engine became the provider of search results to Yahoo! next year . Then it was sold to Compaq-HP and the guys at HP converted it to Web portal. When dot-come era came in 2000, it lost its momentum and the focus turned to Google for searching. Today, it was not even in the topp 500 websites list according to Alexa.

Here’s a statement from Yahoo’s spokesperson:

Part of our organizational streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond. We continuously evaluate and prioritize our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months such as Yahoo! Buzz, our Traffic APIs, and others. We will communicate specific plans when appropriate.


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