AltaVista used to be better
The AltaVista of today is mere shadow of what the search engine could have become. There was a time when AltaVista was great for difficult searches and for finding trendy things like graphics for PowerPoint presentations.
But the AltaVista of today is the result of at least four major strategic shifts in the website, include several complete changes in ownership and management. AltaVista used to act and perform like Google does today. The constant changes at AltaVista make it hard to make a case for any loyalty for AltaVista. If you are persistent, AltaVista can help with difficult searches. But Overture and Google tend to outperform AltaVista on almost every aspect.
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