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AltaVista Finally Bids the Internet Goodbye, Along with 11 Other Services

By July 1, 2013March 6th, 2023Technology News

683917_hardisk_searchAltaVista, a name not recognized by many of the Internet’s users of today, is finally going offline for good.

Yahoo wrote a few days ago that it was killing off AltaVista and 11 other services that were no longer relevant in today’s world because of changing technology and lack of brand recognition.

Jay Rossiter, vice president of platforms, said that this change will free up valuable capital so the company can continue to “focus on creating beautiful products that are essential [to you] every day.”

AltaVista hasn’t been a player in search engine usefulness for many years, and many believe the site closed down years, if not decades ago. AltaVista has only seemingly existed as a toolbar that most people try to delete as soon as they see it on their Internet Explorer browser.

Other products that Yahoo decided to end in the next week are Axis, Browser Plus, Citizen Sports, WebPlayer, FoxyTunes, RSS Alerts, Neighbors Beta, Stars India, Local API, Downloads Beta, and Term Extraction API. While all of these services once played a part in Yahoo’s history, they’ve all been replaced by similar services over the years, and are no longer necessary in today’s fast-paced digital environment.

While replacements and closures do happen, staying on top of the curve and staying relative to the current market is one of the most important things Yahoo can do for its brand.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.