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ABC - Inside Business - Interview transcript

 12:38 am on Oct 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

Greetings and Gidday from downunder folks

Looksmart founder Evan Thornley provided some interesting observations on life after M$ for Looksmart. One comment particularly caught my ear, about L$ "investigating search technology ... 18 month ago". Wonder who/which?

This link [abc.net.au...] goes to Inside Business home page, transcript isn't up as at post time, just wanted to beat Woz to the punch! <grin>

For the true masochists amongst you, here are some older transcripts.

LookSmart chair discusses plans for future 27/06/2003

21/04/01: Looksmart on life after the tech wreck

Cheers and Hooroo



 1:04 am on Oct 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

investigating search technology

Ah, they must've found Wisenut rolling around behind the sofa cushions with the nickels and the dimes.

It's too bad they seem to neglect Wisenut (and the Grub client by extension).


 1:39 am on Oct 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'll gather this should be at that URL soon? L$ needs someone like MSN to adopt their directory, or things look bleak.


 12:38 pm on Oct 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

But that is part of the problem - they don't have a real directory. There is very little to distinguish LS from any other PPC company now. Why would a search engine use Looksmart instead of Overture or Findwhat? What is the advantage?

A fairly dull interview though. Where are the questions about their future? What about Wisenut?

His only related comment seemed to be "our capacity to deeply invest in R&D is limited by our revenue pool", which might suggest that they don't feel that they have the revenue or cash to do anything with Wisenut.


 12:04 am on Oct 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Greetings and Gidday folks,

here's the url: [abc.net.au...]

I was amused by his comments about relevance as well.

>A fairly dull interview though. Where are the questions about their future? What about Wisenut?

C'mon Bobby, he was being interviewed by a Finance reporter/commentator on a finance show.

An Oz SE, Webwombat, which has been around since at least NS v1.0, used to provide good search results, although I haven't seen their spider for a long time.

Maybe Evan should look closer to home, y'know ... "a big fish in a small pond", rather than trying to out-trumpet the elephants in the USian herd! ;-)

Cheers and Hooroo

[edited by: jpalmer at 12:11 am (utc) on Oct. 23, 2003]


 12:05 am on Oct 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

All i can say about the LS drop is it's a little cheaper at the moment, but i don't suppose the full effec will be felt until the full dropkick in Jan 2004


 12:22 am on Oct 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Gidday again

.... OOOOOHHH .... what if, come M$ byebye day, L$ switched to the SERPs model Yahoo dumped when they went with G search?

Y'know, (relevant!) SE serps with directory listings ID'd at the top? I really miss this at Yahoo now, barely go there to do search anymore, and from what I can tell from other Y threads when the change took place, lot's of other webmasters miss it too.

They have wisenut, they have the technology, bigger .. stronger .. fast ... oh wait ... sorry, wrong forum ...

Just a thought ...


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