Yes Sir, I provide a xhtml-sitemap for Google Sitemaps. Nobody but google and me knows what's the file name and the storage folder. The xhtml-sitemap for Google Sitemaps is not linked from any site. The server is mine, so it's impossible that a provider could 'sell' information about hostet webs. Nevertheless I today found a bot/spider with the IP 72.30.#*$!.xxx crawling the xhtml-sitemap for Google Sitemaps. I did a whois-lookup. The result was: This IP-Range belongs to Yahoo/Inktomi. Are they dealing with another?
It is not unusual to see in my stats Inktomi crawling my sites more often than even G or MSN but I have never done SE submission to Inktomi (or Yahoo) so wondering why that happens? That appears to be more so on my newer sites vs older ones where G and MSN are most common.
Sometimes Inktomi is also the first to visit my newly created websites. They will visit a small temp page online for a few hrs, which has no links, traffic or ads, so wondering how they even know the site was resolving in the first place? Just curious as it seems real odd to me.
No Yahoo toolbar is installed. In fact, never was installed and do not even have an account at Yahoo or Inktomi Search (but do have an acct at YPN which is running on several unrelated and non-linked sites).
P.S. Did not even know Inktomi is connected to Yahoo. Are they and if so how?