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AltaVista Just Switched to Yahoo's Database

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9:03 pm on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I got to say, this one is kinda tough. Many of us oldtimers cut our SEO teeth on AV. Even though they haven't been a major player in quite some time, it's still sad to see them officially end.

But the positive thing is I'm seeing some differences between AV and Y. Hopefully, they will continue to mix it up a bit.

11:34 pm on Apr 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone point me to a resource that outlines which "search engines" are currently powered by whom.

The searchenginewatch page [searchenginewatch.com...] seems outdated.

12:05 am on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>outland88 and google powering everything was good..........nah

Google seemed to be primarily using the IP route where redundancy wouldn't be as observable. Yahoo is going after the SE's where its going to be slammed into your face.

But I do like the thought of outland88 powering the Internet, no the world.

12:51 am on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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But I do like the thought of outland88 powering the Internet, no the world.

*shudder*

Anyone else afraid ;-)

1:57 am on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Come on now, we all have thoughts of world domination every few hours or so.
2:18 am on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone point me to a resource that outlines which "search engines" are currently powered by whom.
The searchenginewatch page [searchenginewatch.com...] seems outdated.

Yeah, that long page with descriptions is on the list of things to update. Will get to it soon, when/if we finally get a slow news day.

But the Who Powers Whom Chart is fairly fresh:
[searchenginewatch.com...]

Just read everything in the Yahoo column to now mean Yahoo/Overture.

3:15 am on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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To me, AV seems to be quiet similar with Yahoo results. However, there are still some difference.
8:08 am on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Danny, did you know that page isn't displaying so well in Opera...
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[altavista.com...] is giving me

"Unfortunately, we are unable to process your request at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again later."

12:24 pm on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>Mayor: Bye Bye Alta Vista with your schizophrenic algo. Bye Bye Scooter with your glutonous appetite. May your pitiful souls rest in peace.
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Not to certain about scooter.....itīs still live spidering with glutonous appetite:)

4:27 pm on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There are only three engines left that power anyone of substance then, eh? Google, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves?
7:01 am on Apr 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sighz, Now my site is gone . My site is listed for a top keyword in altavista, but its nowhere seen in yahoo. Now since av uses yahoo, my result is gone:(
11:34 am on Apr 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I remember those AV days, doorway pages hanging off the top off an index without any interlinking (lovely), turn around times of a month. Then saw that get solved with a freeze on the page submitted (sure it would appear in the index but you'd have to wait up to 3 months for it to be found using the search interface), then the full 6 months for a new domain name. It's fair to say that AV did for a moment get better when it was purchased but it lost its value of being up to date and never clawed its way back.

If it crawled and updated as many sites as completely as its filtering technology offered in options, it could have been a winner.

Simplicity is the key to all things especially if it needs to be used by the Internet audience. So I'm not suprised to see AV go. Probably used it 15 times in the past 2 years!.

Glyn.

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I too will miss AV. It used to be a great source of traffic and income way back when I was getting started as a webmaster. It never seemed to recover from the .com crash as with many other former greats.
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