Once popular search engine to shutter down along with other services.
According to a report from All Things Digital, Yahoo! will soon be shutting down the once go-to search engine Altavista. The report also says that other services like Yahoo! Buzz, Yahoo! Bookmarks, and Delicious will see the axe as well.
A Yahoo! spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement, but did not specify which of the services would go down.
“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.”
Altavista was launched on December 1995 by Digital Equipment Corportation’s Western Research Laboratory. The search engine saw tremendous success with 300,000 hits on launch day to more than 80 million two years later. However, in 2000 after the dot-com bubble burst, Altavista took a hill down, and was hit with multiple layoffs and stock withdrawal of about $300 million. After that, it was extremely hard for the site to make a comeback especially with Google ploughing through any competition then.
It is disappointing that the service is going down. Along with search results, the Babel Fish translation service was invaluable for me at a time when the Internet was still being explored by my eager self. Can’t say it will be missed by many these days, but I am sure it has left a mark of its own in our lives somewhere.