If you’re an early Internet denizen, then you probably remember typing your search query into AltaVista. The site went live in 1995. That’s 18 calendar years but 254 in web years.
The site was fast and its fingers could reach into the darkest corners of the Internet – corners we’d never be able to reach before. After a few years, AltaVista was fielding more than 80 million queries a day. You could search using a full sentence and you could use it to translate webpages in other languages.
AltaVista was the Cadillac of search engines until Google came along. Yes, Virginia, there was life before Google.
The site changed hands numerous times over the years, eventually landing at Yahoo! in 2003. Now, after a short, but illustrious career, AltaVista is shutting down. Here’s what the site looked like in May of 1999.
Check out the headline under AltaVista Highlights: “AltaVista Adds Relevant Paid Links” and “NEW Photo and Media Finder”. Wow. Given where we are now, it’s hard to remember a time when search marketing was a new concept.
Obviously, AltaVista has outlived its usefulness. With Google and Bing battling for the top spot, there’s no room for this old school workhorse. Yahoo! says they’ll pull the plug on July 8.
AltaVista isn’t the only product being retired. Here’s Yahoo!’s full list:
Yahoo! Axis (June 28, 2013)
If you installed the browser plug-in, it will no longer work. If you downloaded the app, it will continue to work, but won’t be actively maintained. We encourage you to use the Yahoo! Search app for iOS and Android.
Yahoo! Browser Plus (June 28, 2013)
To see all of our current developer offerings, please go here.
Citizen Sports (June 28, 2013)
You can still get all the latest sports news on Yahoo! Sports, play fantasy sports like Fantasy Football, and stay up-to-date when you’re on the go with our new Yahoo! Sports app for iOS and Android.
Yahoo! WebPlayer (June 30, 2013)
If you’re a publisher and currently using Yahoo! WebPlayer on your site, after June 30 the Yahoo! WebPlayer won’t load. Your users will continue to be able to play media files using native browser support. You may wish to locate and remove the following line in your code:
FoxyTunes (July 1, 2013)
To see the latest in the music world, please visit Yahoo! Music.
Yahoo! RSS Alerts (July 1, 2013)
To continue to get the latest content that you care about, you can subscribe to Keyword News alerts at our Yahoo! Alerts and receive them via email.
Yahoo! Neighbors Beta (July 8, 2013)
You can visit Yahoo! Local Search to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.
AltaVista (July 8, 2013)
Please visit Yahoo! Search for all of your searching needs.
Yahoo! Stars India (July 25, 2013)
To stay up on all your favorite celebrity news, check out Yahoo! India OMG!.
Yahoo! Downloads Beta (July 31, 2013)
Yahoo! Downloads will no longer support 3rd party downloads. It will continue to offer downloads of Yahoo! products like Yahoo! Toolbar or Yahoo! Messenger.
Yahoo! Local API (September 28, 2013)
As part of this shutdown, all Yahoo! Local API documentation will also be removed from the Yahoo! Developer Network portal.
Yahoo! Term Extraction API (September 28, 2013)
We are eliminating direct access to the Yahoo! Term Extraction API and as of September 28, will require developers to go through YQL. We encourage all existing users of the Term Extraction Legacy API to migrate to YQL requests by September 28. You can use the YQL forums for any questions you might have about migrating to YQL. If you are already using the Term Extraction API via YQL, you don’t need to take any action.