AltaVista.com is a search engine website allowing users to input keywords to retrieve from websites held within a large index. First launched in 1995, it quickly rose in popularity due to its high level of reliability and ease of use. It has since been purchased by Yahoo and remains an active part of the Internet.
AltaVista.com offers the user a clear and accessible display which is common to most popular search engines. Towards the top of the page rests a search bar where users can input keywords into a field and click the corresponding "Find" button. The search process will quickly generate results based on words entered and users are able to click from those results an appropriate website for their needs. I have found general searches to load after 1.3 seconds which is quite a lengthy wait when considering Google is known to clock in at 0.2 seconds. I also find that the search content is generally ridden with "sponsored" results from commercial vendors listing their wares at higher positions. This requires me to navigate through several pages of commercial ads before beginning to find sites suited to my real need. With other search options available being less intrusive, it goes without saying that AltaVista is no longer my search engine of preference.
AltaVista does still serve one purpose for me, though. For those concerned over limited computer resources, AltaVista offers a "text only" search engine which removes all excessive images and creates a very sleek blue and white view. This lack of "bloat" considerably improves the search engine's performance. While the content yielded will still be ridden with commercial ads, the load times significantly decrease to 0.6 seconds. I have also found that the memory usage is different when using the two different interfaces. When using the normal interface I have noted my memory usage to increase by 6 MB. Comparably, when using the text only interface this increase is only 4.5 MB. Both displays offer a low resource requirement but those with older hardware may benefit from the text only option.
AltaVista is certainly a slice of Internet nostalgia. What was once the "original Google" has now faded into a distant memory and does not receive the same amount of usage as it once did. It is easy to see why when the user is forced to sift through commercial content before retrieving the actual search. The only aspect of this service I recommend is its text only search due to its low resource requirements and quicker loading times as this may be preferable when using an older system.
Altavista used to be the world's largest search engine, but then it went portal, and then it wasn't.
A company then bought it and turned it into a Google style search engine, but with MP3 and video search. However, the new additions didn't return.
###So what's it use?###
The MP3 search is useful, but Lycos Music beats it, the image search is good, but you have Google images. The only reasons, in my view, why you would use it are to find old, abandoned webpages and use it's Babelfish translation tool.
Yes, Babelfish is one of the web's best translation tools. It breaks the language boundries. Okay, it's not perfect, but you can translate a Spanish site into English, and still make sense of it.
It also allows you to enter text and translate it. (Cheat!).
###So is it worth a try, for a search?###
I also use Altavista if I don't find what I want on Google, sad really, such a former great, not used anymore.
###It's fast though###
It's about the same speed as Google, but brings up more info, for example a search for 'eBay' brought up a graph of eBay Inc.'s performance inside the search, Google only gives you a link.
Woth a look!!!
AltaVista is less useful than it once was. You may have noticed a lot of search engines featuring paid listings recently, and even a number of them that only include paid-for entries. AltaVista has more or less joined their ranks, although it doesn't like to say this outright.
There are two prices for listing, £299 and £149 at the last time I checked. The higher price allows a company to list over 500 pages, and gets it indexed faster.
Who can afford this? Large and medium-sized companies, of course. Small local businesses, charitable organisations, clubs and individuals don't get a look in here.
Altavista.com is one of the better web search engines out there, it’s not the best but not far from it. The AltaVista search engine has been split into a U.K edition, which is far more useful to us Brits requiring information in out language. While including the whole world would give us a larger result (Information) it would give us large amount of what I would call waffle, site in different languages, products you can by internationally and differing price structures. AltaVista does provide a rather useful translation function, so that you can read foreign site, but they rarely turn out perfect and information from foreign site isn’t of a very good quality. When searching for information AltaVista is very fast but I do find it to be a little inaccurate. It does mostly find you relevant information on the search ‘Keyword’ that you have entered but only comes up with larger commercial sites rather than a mix of those larger and those constructed by amateurs, which may also have information of relevance. So in summery, (and I do feel that I can say any more on such a web site) AltaVista is a good allround search engine, it provides some relevant information, but can also churn up a large amount of un needed information. If you want a search engine that is more precise, has less advertising and less ‘Waffle’ then I would massively recommend Google.com. So AltaVista in my books comes a close seconds behind google.com.
Altavista is managed by 'Altavista The Search Company', based in the US. For many years this search engine has been the number one throughout the world. It has evolved from a simple meta-engine to a portal of directories, databases and banks of graphics and the like. Altavista could be described as a portal too, providing news and that sort of thing. I may sound like I love altavista, but I'm trying to give it a good hearing first. I personally don't get on with altavista at all. It used to be my favorite, as did it with many millions of people. I have sinced moved on to Google. Altavista has grown out of what I would call an accurate seach engine into the catagory, money making machine providing no service of any use at all. Everytime you make a search, you are always hit with at least three 'partner site' listings. These are useless and simply pay to be there. My other problem with it is that it's very out of date. The robots that index the sites don't update listings enough. Their database is full of dead links, and links that frankly have changed their description, etc. The other major problem is its speed. I could make 5 searches on Google in the time it takes Altavista to do one. They seem to be still using the same hardware at their end as they were 5 years ago, not accomodating for how busy the internet has got in recent years. My advice would be to use altavista only when you can't find what you are looking for with one of the other major engines. Google, in my opinion, is by far the best engine to search with out there. Altavista receives about 10million hits a day, whereas Google receives around 40million (of which some are from yahoo!). I think these figures speak for themselves, i'll leave you to make your own mind up about it.
AltaVista is my favourite search engine by a long way. It's neat interface makes it an easy to use search engine. I far prefer it to Yahoo, which I never use because of its messy design. Yahoo looks like it was neat once but things have just continuously been added over the original design - and also I find the text size too big. AltaVista returns great search results for me, although I do find that AltaVista.com tends to be a little too americanised, so I use AltaVista.co.uk Another feature of AltaVista that I like is the fact that you can automatically ask your search question to Jeeves, just by clicking a simple link on the AltaVista results page. This is a great help as my next favourite search engine is Ask Jeeves. I would highly recommend the use of AltaVista, however people in the UK should be advised to use AltaVista.co.uk not AltaVista.com
When I first started setting up websites on the net, I was well up for banner advertising and anything else to generate a few pennies. One of the first 'money earners' (HA! that's a joke, right!) I came across was AltaVista, which was a little bit different from the norm as it actually provided a useful bit of added value for your website. The idea was that you added an AltaVista web search box to your site and every time a visitor to your site searched via the link, you would earn 3p for your account. Sounds good, eh? You get the best of both worlds - a handy little piece of functionality on your site which could be useful to people and the opportunity to earn yourself some money. Okay, the theory is fine, but in practice you wouldn't earn a fortune - if people wanted to perform a search they'd go to the specific search engine of their choice and do it from there in my experience. The other thing was that (like with virtually all these schemes, scams and get rich quick progs) there is no guarantee you're actually going to get paid at the end of the day, and so it was to prove for me with AltaVista. Eventually after having the search boxes on my sites for about a year, my account balance finally inched above the minimum payout level of $30. Yeah, great, let's sit back and wait for our cheque - and wait, and wait, and wait, and wait... I've still never had any money from AltaVista despite many promises and a lot of e-mails and now there is now way I'm ever going to get a penny (or a cent) because AltaVista have pulled the prog and no longer pay - Oh well, another one bites the dust... You can still put an AltaVista search box on your site, but you won't earn any money for it. I'd already privately decided anyway that Google was a much better option for me, so when AltaVista eventually pulled their prog, I went across to www.google.com and checked out their options
- now they don't pay money, but they do give great value. When you join up, you can set the search engine to allow a surfer to search the net or restrict their search to just your domain - and when the search results are returned, the resulting page is headed by a banner you specify, so you can make the whole thing look extremely professional and slick - it's dead easy and I suggest you check it out. I've been extremely impressed with the process, especially as Google is afar superior search engine (if that's the right terminology to AltaVista). The colour scheme with Google is customisable, which couldn't be said for that dull old orange you get with AltaVista either. AltaVista is still probably the best known search engine in the popular world, but those in the know all put forward Google as their engine of choice. Therefore, as far as search engine programmes are concerned, AV is dead, long live the KING. If you're not convinced and you still want to check out the past masters you can find AV at www.altavista.com for the main site or www.altavista.co.uk for the British version - now just have to wait for the unmetered access from AV and we can let them back in the house...
In my opinion Altavista is definately one of the best search engines available. Not only Altavista. com which gives you worldwide results but www.altavista.co.uk which gives you uk specific results. (Although there is a check box on the uk site which allows you to search worldwide) Altavista allows you to search in a variety of different languages or just English if you don't require all the reults in different languages. It also allows you to search for images, mp3/other audio files or video clips. If you are searching for travel, shopping, property or business sites then Altavista is the place to go. It also allows you to translate your searches to different languages. It also gives you tips to searching and aloows you to turn filters off so younger people can search without finding anything they shouldn't. You can always be guranteed to find the site you want as well as millions of others with Altavista quickly and easily. Fantastic!
AltaVista is your one-stop fun-shop for all your Internet needs. It's a search engine, shopping portal, free stuff and rewards site, and a bunch of other things that would take you a few years to be able to sort through. As a search engine, AltaVista is the cream of the crop. While any search engine sorts through the rubbish on the web to get you what you're looking for, AltaVista does this faster and more comprehensively. AltaVista not only packs the most sites in its regular search engine, with at least double the number of sites its competitors have, it also has the biggest directory of sites out there. It combines the ODP (Open Directory Project, where thousands of volunteer editors, including myself, sort through the web for you) and the LookSmart directory (where dozens of paid worksmen take sites whose webmasters pay the $200 listing fee and add their sites to the directory). This brings you the best of both worlds -- the best content from the ODP and the richest sites from LookSmart. :) There's also been rising popularity in "fast" search engines (like Google) for those of you who can't wait the 4 seconds it usually takes to do a search. AltaVista quickly responded to this by creating "Raging Search" at www.raging.com, which brings you the superfast search results that Google has, with the most comprehensive search results that only AltaVista has. Another great feature that AltaVista has is the ability to do "power searches" very easily. Do you wanna find information about S&M but don't want to find a bunch of sex sites? Try typing in "+s&m +"demographic information" -xxx -pictures" and you'll only find sites that have the phrases "S&M" and "demographic information" but EXCLUDES sites with the words "XXX" and "pictures." This leads to extremely powerful searching that would normally cost you upwar
ds of $49.95 per month! BUT WAIT, THAT'S NOT ALL! AltaVista also has a shopping search engine. While this isn't perfect, it can help you find some good deals. Unfortunately, it only has "sponsored" stores in its search engine, which can miss some major stores. For example, I searched for "A brief history of time" "stephen hawking" and came up with a specific paperback result extremely fast; I click on it, click "see all stores" and bam, it's comparing pricing, availability, and "BizRate Ratings" (which are customer-derived happiness ratings for online stores). It shows me I can find a used version of the book for only $1.79 at half.com, and new version range from $4.31 at BooksAMillion.com to $5.39 at 1BookStreet.com. This can save you a lot of money if you're looking for larger purchases, such as DVD players or computer peripherals, instead of just going to the first shop that hits your mind, like Buy.com (which lists Hawking's book at a modest $4.95). BUT DO YOU THINK THAT'S ALL YOU GET FOR SHOPPING THROUGH ALTAVISTA?! AltaVista recently introduced its "AltaVista Rewards" program, which gives you all kinds of free stuff for shopping through its site. Every time you click on a link or do a search in the shopping section (which can be conveniently located at www.shopping.com), you get points. 1,000 points equals approximately US$1 or UK£0.66. You can only earn 1,000 points a day for clicking, but every time you shop through a sponsored AltaVista site, you can earn points for each dollar you spend. It's not a lot, usually ranging from 15-45 points per dollar spent, but hey, it's better than nothing! I prefer shopping through other sites such as www.ebates.com or www.cooprewards.com, but hey, it's better than nothing! So, it's clear to me (and it should be clear to you by now) that AltaVista is a great search engine that
deserves your support! These guys aren't working for free you know. Get them some ad revenue once in a while, think about someone other than yourself! You might have a jolly good time as you do so. PS AltaVista also has chat, stock info, weather, e-mail, free internet access in the US, auctions, news, jobs, health info, and all kinds of other crazy stuff, but you can check out that stuff on your own. Or you can get mylackey.com to do it for you!
Do people call this a search engine because everytime I search for something it gives me a list of things that have no relevance in my search at all. I have to admit though, I think this must be the oldest of all the search engines out there. People say this has a really BIG library of sites and that generally is true but if you want a accurate and reliable search engine then Google is the one to use. Also with the new generation of search engines AltaVista has simply been left behind. Even as a portal site! People use Yahoo instead. Maybe all this is because of the history of AltaVista. The fact that it was the first may be the cause of its decline. Hopefully maybe one day they will be back and once again AltaVista will be King of search engines. Until that day just use Google.
I use altavista.com quite often but once you use it for a long period you'll soon realise it isn't that good. Even though it's one of the biggest search engines, but that doesn't mean it's worthy of being the best. Unfortunately it's BAD to be such a big search engine reasons are because when you type something in to the search box that you specifically want information on, it normally comes up with TOO MUCH resources and almost literally over HALF of them being a combination of unuseful dead links. My experience is almost always like that. For example once I searched for internet auctions and they came up with loads of resources from the same links, and some were not even internet auctions. All search engines say be specific but when it comes to being specific it just aint what you want. Well I advice people who make websites don't type words or phrases in the meta tags (these are keywords or phrases that determines what the site contains)that are not related to their website, and thus searching on search engines are more useful.
Altavista.com is a fairly good little search engine, the site is not plain but it looks simple with very few images and mostly just related text links, so the pages load quickly enough. You can either search using the big search box at the top of the screen, or you can look through the various categories listed underneath it. The main search box gives you a few options, including whether to switch the family filter on or off and you can choose the language. You can also arrange how your search results are displayed, to include various information such as description, web page size and URL, date last modified, number of results to be displayed and related pages etc. And once you’ve changed your settings, an example is given of a search result with all the settings you have chosen which makes it easier for you. The search facility itself is very good, I typed in a few examples to try it out. I opted to have ten results displayed only, and the top eight were all relevant and useful. You can also extend your search from the results page, including shopping links for your item, a person search using WorldPages.com, find Yellow Page listings and auction listings if appropriate. I just experimented around with some more general topics and the search results were on the whole pretty good, but there were a few unrelated sites and far too many dead links. But generally, the first few results were very accurate and the ones after that were a little relavant but any further and i was off the topic. Overall, the search engine at altavista is decent, especially if you are just searching for a specific word. But even with those, you can take advantage of the advanced search facilities to rule out the dead wood. And it’s speed is impressive, it is very quick. Of all the search engines currently available i would use this if i wanted to search for something specifc.
Altavista is the only search engine I know of with the ablity to search specifically for pictures / movies of whatever you want to find, I wish more people would use it to find pictures for presentations etc.. instead of lame clip-art pics. There are ocassionally some inereting links on there aswell and it's advanced search functions can be very usefull. The translation function comes in handy from time to time (if only for amusement value). The downside is all the ads, but that's the downside of lots of sites.
I first started surfing the web with regularity in the Summer of '96. It was a technology that was new to most of us, and it took me awhile to even grasp the fact that there were lots of different search engine options, all of them using different search engine technologies and returning somewhat different results. Among the first engines I tried were Infoseek and Lycos. One day, I came across a listing of different search engines and tried the first one alphabetically. Its name was Alta Vista, and it would change the way I looked at the Internet. It was immediately obvious to me that Alta Vista returned the largest number of relevant results of any search engine I had encountered so far. It was a better looking site as well, with a snowy mountain background that seemed to be symbolic of Internet concepts to be pioneered and explored. At the time, Alta Vista was owned by Digital Corp. In addition to being the top search engine for results, it seemed to conduct its searches faster than any other engine of that time. There did not seem to be a page on the internet that was not covered by Alta Vista. Fast forward to the year 2000. Alta Vista is no longer owned by Digital, but instead owned by a company called CMGI that also owns numerous (and I mean numerous!) other internet companies such as Asimba.com, and Yesmail.com . And Alta Vista itself just is not the same company any more. Superior search engines technologies such as Fastsearch and Google have emerged, roboting and scanning much larger percentages of the pages on the web than Alta Vista's seemingly inferior and outdated technology. The new technologies are so superior that they have even been adopted by the other old players in the search engine game. Lycos now uses Fastsearch, Yahoo now uses Google, and you will get better and more relevant search results from those engines than alta vista can currently provide. Alta Vista still compares favorably to first generation search
technologies such as those used by Excite/Magellan, Hotbot/Infoseek/Inktomi, and Northern Lights. But it is no longer the leader of the pack, and provides search results that are only average at best. The old snowcapped mountain motif is gone too, replaced with a dull interface that seems to accurately sum up the current sorry state of affairs at Alta Vista. The "Power Search" and "Raging Search" options don't seem to accomplish any more than a regular search; those options seem to be there more for show than anything else. Alta Vista does have a few things in its favor. First of all, it has surprisingly few advertisements compared to the number it used to have. This is especially surprising considering that their holding company, CMGI, is one of the largest, most powerful, and most diversified e-commerce parent companies on the internet. Additionally, Alta Vista allows the ability to translate pages written in foreign languages to the language of your choice in most cases. This translation ability is fairly unique among search engines. As far as Epinions reviews, there are virtually none in the Alta Vista search engine. This differs sharply from other search engines such as Yahoo, Google, Lycos, and Snap. Alta Vista actually uses a site called consumerreviews.com as its shopping guide, and it appears Consumer Reviews is a part of Alta Vista. eople who write reviews for Consumer Reviews do not get paid for them. So that's another strike against Alta Vista. With their holding company owning so many internet companies, I can't help but question the integrity of their search engine and wonder if it is heavily biased in favor of other CMGI companies and biased against their competitors. Alta Vista seems to be more motivated to spread usage of their advertising-heavy free ISP, and has let the search engine slide in quality since the Alta Vista ISP became their focus.
“You don’t need to tell the people that it is good or bad You just need to tell the people what is going right and what is going wrong” We have been talking lot of the Indian scenario and blaming some of the dotcoms for their poor performance have we looked at some of the major international players like boo.com, amazon.com who are facing a big financial crunch irrespective of giving a fantastic service. Looking at Amazon, every one knows that it is the best shopping sites for Books and nothing can beat its services, when first time I heard that a site like amazon is having a financial crunch, but that was really surprising because it was having good business and people were really happy. In fact amazon was made the role model for many more e-shopping sites on the Internet. But have we ever thought the amount of cost involved, amazon has been servicing people all around the world and the cost involved “BOOM!!!” must be really high. Anyways lets get to the topic on which I am writing. Altavista.com Altavista.com “View from Above” That is what Alta Vista means. Altavista was the first search engine to provide searches in different language and was acquired by CMGI Inc. Though it is one of the major portals when it started giving services and was really the most popular one with a best search services given. But somewhere down the line Google came and the searching at altavista reduced absolutely low. But till today, its been one of the most visited website on this planet. Its been ranked next to google as far as searching is concerned. 1. Google 2. Altavista 3. AOL Lets breakdown to the services, which Altavista provides. 1. Altavista Search It is the world’s fastest next to google, most comprehensive search service available in 25 languages with 8 distinct search dimensions. Altavista just to give competition to
google started the Look alike of Google, www.raging.com. If you visit the website, its just a carbon copy of google and it is as fast as Google but cant come close to google. I have been using altavista, still now because sometimes google had failed and have got the results in altavista. But if you want to use the best of the entire search engine, check out copernic, you can check my review on copernic you will get more idea about it. Image, MP3, Video Search Till date it is the best image search engine because, It scans the entire database of websites and gives you the best results. The best part at altavista is categorising its searches, this you wont find it any one of the websites. As far as MP3 is concerned it is good but not the best because you have better search engines only on mp3. But VIdeo search has been really good and worth a clap. You find quite good amount of video on the net through the video search of altavista. Translation This is most of the time I spend my days translating the german, Spanish & French websites in English. Really, this is one feature none of the websites provide. Its an online translation of website or any text. How it works is: 2 options you have got 1. Website translation Under website translation, copy the URL of German, French and many more language websites and then it translates it to English and vice a versa. 2. Text translation Under text translation just write down the text or copy paste the text you want to translate and use the appropriate language translation. Shopping The first web-wide comparison-shopping service on the Internet, providing objective price and product comparison features to help users make intelligent purchasing decisions. Really they have been doing really well as far as shopping section is concerned. They do have maximum hits for these fantastic services
Other Services. Apart from these services they provide email. Yellow pages etc. But nothing really to go Ga..ga about it. Just an average services, but it gives you link to one of the best sites on the net. They do have international sections and obviously their Indian section is not that good because what its been said that, most of the International giants like MSN.co.in, Altavisat.co.in & lycosasia.co.in have been just having the Indian portals for their local channels. But guys hold your breath one of the major player is coming and going to Invest 600Millilon$ only for India with a complete team of content players and so people who are waiting to be part of the mammoth company called AOL can have their chance. No doubt it won’t be partnering with local channels but it will be a complete set up and every one knows that when AOL does, it does something big. So all you minnows who are boasting of big services are going to get competition from this BIGGY. Have your fingers crossed and lets see whether the AOL Team approves the whole budgeting. Overall, Altavista is worth a visit and very useful. This old warhouse has been struggling for a long time and time will only tell, till when they are going to survive. “But give Kudos!!! For this old horse and the pioneer in this Internet Generation who has been still surviving even after the dotcoms turmoil and giving Fantastic services” Happy Surfing !!!