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Old 12-05-2002, 09:41 AM   #1

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Default AltaVista finally gets it!

After years of continued transformation that in most cases resulted in decreased usability and increased 'clutter', the CMGI search engine seems to have finally seen the light.

The new AltaVista, reformed under a plan suitably dubbed 'Phoenix' features a slick and simple interface not unlike that of Google, offers improved revelancy, useful geo features, and yet is still comprehensively monetized.

Check it out: http://www.altavista.com

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Old 12-05-2002, 12:05 PM   #2
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It's about time. Years ago Altavista was, IMHO, the best search engine. Then they started listing garbage, then the garbage they listed didn't even resolve, then they started with the popups...it was all downhill.

Recently, for the first time in a very long time, I've started getting hits from Altavista searches. I kind of wondered if they'd tweaked their ranking algorithm. It has been very puzzling to me why Google would rank my pages so well while Altavista essentially ignored me. It could be interesting watching them regain the respect and trust they once had. Much as I adore Google, it's better for us all if they have competition.
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Old 12-13-2002, 01:26 PM   #3
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It's a step in the right direction. I, too, used to be a big AV fan before they became the chameleon of the web, started returning horrible results, and introduced pops.

People are creatures of habit... Google will be a harder habit to break as every unopposed year goes by.

I love Google. Until some one better comes along.
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Old 12-13-2002, 07:09 PM   #4
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It placed a tag on one of our websites: refreshed in the last 48 hours.

Good news if its algorithm takes into account recent updates as it should give content sites a bit of a boost. All the top sites on our keyword seem to be tagged refreshed.

It also seems to be picking up dynamic urls unless it is picking ours up from DMOZ. ->not sure if AV could or not before as I never really paid attention to it.

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