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6:53 am on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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An intermittent message is appearing on All The Web that it will be shut down April 4th. I still think the purchase of the mentioned and Alta Vista were one of the more wasted investments on the Internet and hurt competition considerably.
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Yahoo! will be closing AlltheWeb on April 4, 2011, as we focus on other features to improve your search experience. Starting on April 4, 2011, [alltheweb.com...] will redirect to Yahoo! Search at [search.yahoo.com....] Thanks for your understanding.
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April 4 is also the birthday of Microsoft!

It's sad to see the last remainder of this internet pioneer disappearing. In my opinion they where the best for a period back in the days, and thy did give Google a good run for its money.
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It was great, in its day. I'm surprised it has taken this long to shut it.
11:02 am on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I remember it was my favorite search engines for a few month. A long long time ago. Anybody remember hotbot?
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I remember it well. Fast used to love my, now defunct, network of sites. I remember one particular search term you would have to get to page 5 before you found a site that wasn't owned by me !
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It used to be great for getting backlink data before all the non-SE backlink services came out the past couple of years.

They could probably have a profitable operation offering that service.
2:34 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It was also a clean interface with out all the new "junk" (instant, mouse over popups, multi-indents, autocomplete, hurl)
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They failed because they offered nothing new to website owners.

The only way to get a new SE popular - is to have the masses popularize it by linking to it in their millions.

TV doesnt work (bing) - and doing nothing doesnt work (fast)

What could a new SE offer websites in return for a nice juicy link to them?

Answer that - and you are the next google.
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I read this literally, "all the web" as in an April Fool's day joke. I was thinking, "Good. I need a day off."
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You wouldn't know what to do with yourself if the internet was shut off, you'd sit down at your computer and not even know why... :-)
5:15 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Damn! I was getting most of my traffic from ATW. This blows.
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What could a new SE offer websites in return for a nice juicy link to them?

Actually I think it is the other way round. Crawl the web, dump everything with Adsense on it and you have a superior search engine.
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Crawl the web, dump everything with Adsense on it and you have a superior search engine.


But where would Google get the 95% of its listings it dropped? :)
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^^^^ two posts have it nailed.
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I can't imagine it costs them much of anything to leave this living legacy online.

Anyone know the internet equivalent of the American Historical Society so we can get it tagged as a historical website and get it's termination stopped? :)
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that's a sad news. i grew with alltheweb
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I remember it well. Fast used to love my, now defunct, network of sites. I remember one particular search term you would have to get to page 5 before you found a site that wasn't owned by me !
Love it. This reminds me of when I was a university student and I spent some time with a well-known non-fiction writer on campus. One day I asked him what his favorite magazine was and he said, "Playboy, because it pays the best." From that point of view, for me Y is better than G by far in terms of <cough> useful results.
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AllTheWeb will sadly be missed. It had a great run.

Its backlink reporting feature was the best. Does anyone know a suitable replacement besides Yahoo sitexplorer? I am well aware of SEOMoz explorer but their DB cache of links is always out of date (no regular updates)

Besides Yahoo Sitexplorer, are those the only alternatives for finding backlinks?


IncrediBill: I can't imagine it costs them much of anything to leave this living legacy online.


Wouldnt their hundreds of servers used to index sites consume a lot of power and require constant hardware updates/management/bw fees?
9:10 am on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Oh what a sad day indeed.

I remember the great AllTheWeb days where we would ponder about the somewhat great algo and we had hopes it would take off. The forum was hot and we all loved ATW.

..the Yahoo bought it and killed it. Sad day.
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You wouldn't know what to do with yourself if the internet was shut off, you'd sit down at your computer and not even know why.


Power outage = it's happened. "Guess I'll watch some TV, I never do that." Oh. Yeah. :-)
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You wouldn't know what to do with yourself if the internet was shut off, you'd sit down at your computer and not even know why... :-)


I guess everybody would back to play solitaire! ;)
 

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