Before Google there were few search engines that stood above its peers. Alta Vista was one such.
In 1995 it was a forerunner in websearch technology. It was one of the first search engines to offer online translations through its Babelfish.
Since the rise of Google, the once mighty search engine has become nearly forgotten. With the advent of Google, many users were lured away and AltaVista declined. By 2001 Google overtook AltaVisa in number of searches. Some believe its troubles started 1998 when AltaVista went through a long line of owners, each changing the product little. In 2003 MSN was competing for the acquisition of AltaVista against Overture. Overture won its bid, but in turn was acquired by Yahoo!
Now, Yahoo! has decided (again) to put an end to the Internet legend once and for all. It has announced that starting July 8, 2013, AltvaVista.com will just recommend searchers to use Yahoo! instead.