Did you hear that Yahoo is shutting AltaVista search down permanently, ending its 18 year run?
First launched in 1995 by the folks at Digital, AltaVista was an incredible new search engine in an era when finding things on the internet was all about directories, not search. It allowed you to search for things anywhere on the web in seconds! Later, Digital was acquired by Compaq, who eventually sold AltaVista to an investment company where it languished as Google took over as the primary search engine for most. Overture bought it in early 2003, and was itself acquired by Yahoo a few months later.
Yahoo has officially announced that AltaVista will be permanently shut down on July 8, 2013.
Another Internet icon bites the dust, and while most people haven't used AltaVista in quite a while, I believe that it's still important to take a moment and make note of it.