AllTheWeb Bites the Dust? | March 4, 2004
When I started using the web, there were a large number of popular search engines and directories to choose from. I started using WebCrawler, Magellan, then I moved to Yahoo, AltaVista, Lycos and HotBot. I’d have a favourite, but would still tend to use 2 or 3 search engines at any one time. Then along came Google and slowly word of mouth made it the Search Engine of choice for the majority of web users.
As more and more people started to use Google, the other Search Engines began to loose market share and either fold or get subsumed by other search services. A few smaller search engines like Teoma appeared, but they never managed to achieve popularity of Google.
Apart from Google, the only other Search Engine I use is AllTheWeb. AllTheWeb is a great search engine and is definitely on par with Google in terms of usability and relevancy. In fact, as Google’s results seem to be getting worse and worse by the day, I always saw AllTheWeb as a real competitor to Google. So it’s a shame that Yahoo, who acquired AllTheWeb a while back, look like they are going to drop AllTheWeb.
Rather than improving their position in the market, by dumping AllTheWeb, Yahoo seems to be getting get rid of Google’s closest competitor, in terms of size and relevancy, if not in market share.
Posted at March 4, 2004 9:57 AM