Re: AltaVista Image

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Fri, 22 Oct 1999 09:24:39 -0700

One of the major problems with Altavista was that 9 out of 10
links for benign searches were turning up pornography. It just
made it really hard to get any useful information without
making a really specific query--something that's outside the
skills of most Web surfers (I would bet that
of all the visitors they have, 97% don't know how to use exclude).

They need a customizable family filter where they break down each of those categories
down ever further and allow people to set their own levels. I can easily
see most employers filter all that from their employees and probably add
on Guns and Stock Options. 8-)

Rajiv Shah wrote:
> An interesting feature of the new Image, Video & Audio Search
> on Altavista is their Family Filter is turned on for searches of images,
> video, and audio.
> Therefore to view "objectionable" material, you must proactively turn the
> family
> filter off. I know Altavista at one point considered turning on a family
> filter for all of the
> web, but they have now implemented it for a portion of the web.
> According to FAQ at
> Experienced editors from SurfWatch and AltaVista update content lists each
> week to
> provide you with the most current information, minus the objectionable sites.
> SurfWatch blocks in these five categories:
> Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco
> Gambling
> Hate Speech
> Sexually Explicit
> Violence
> At 04:19 PM 10/21/99 -0700, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> >So I've been combing the Altavista site using the Virage Image Engine.
> >I don't know how they do it, but it kicks ass. The company was founded in
> >1994 by Dr. Ramesh Jain from UCSD and looks like it was funded by Adobe
> >Ventures, Compaq Computer, Sutter Hill Ventures Trinity Ventures, Media
> >Technology Ventures, TTC Ventures, and Hambrecht & Quist.
> Rajiv Shah
> Email:
> URL:

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