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Altavista – (1995)

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AltaVista was once one of the most popular search engines but its popularity waned with the rise of Google. The two key participants who created the engine were Louis Monier, who wrote the crawler, and Michael Burrows, who wrote the indexer. AltaVista was backed by the most powerful computing server available. AltaVista was the fastest search engine and could handle millions of hits a day without any degradation.

One key change that came with AltaVista was the inclusion of a natural language search. Users could type in a phrase or a question and get an intelligent response. For instance, “Where is London?” without getting a million-plus pages referring to “where” and “is.”

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 4:56 am

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