After tonight's segment on the death of AltaVista, I was boasting to fellow tweeters that I used Gopher when it was still new and several times in 1993/94 successfully communicated from England to New York by real time text chatting on a computer with a monitor that could only display green type on a black field. This was while the students at the next terminal obsessed over a new game called Doom.
There aren't many brands still around from the early days of the internet, so AltaVista's run was pretty remarkable (even if much of it was in obscurity). That said, search is still a very integral and lucrative aspect of the internet, so AltaVista's downfall is not necessarily the result of obsolescence so much as
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