AltaVista Launches

Alta Vista 1995December 15, 1995

Developed by researchers at Digital Equipment Research Laboratories, the AltaVista search engine is launched. It was the first world wide web search service to gain significant popularity. One of the most popular search engines in the early world wide web, Google didn’t overtake AltaVista until 2001. AltaVista was eventually purchased by Yahoo! in 2003.

  • I wonder if the hillscape is based off a real one. Apparently the name refers to Palo Alto…