Poor AltaVista. The early search engine exploded onto the scene in 1995 with a Web crawler that was far ahead of its time. AltaVista soon became a top Web destination, and in 1996 it began providing search results for Yahoo. The company changed hands a few times, was reimagined as a Web portal (remember those?), and began to lose ground just as Google (Fortune 500) rose to prominence. ,
Yahoo (Fortune 500) ended up becoming AltaVista's final owner, but it said this week that it will close the service down on July 8. Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan , wrote a eulogy for AltaVista, calling it "the bright child always neglected by your parents."
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