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Northern Light may be sold
haven't heard much about them lately

 5:50 am on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Divine is considering chapter 11. May sell part or all of assets.




 6:07 am on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

I guess I don't pay much attention, I didn't even know Northern Light was still around. Didn't they do some kind of a deal with Yahoo or something?


 7:16 am on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

At one time NL was one of the hot up and coming SE's, then they went to paid archives only, and been going downhill ever since.


 7:32 am on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

From the Archives [webmasterworld.com]

Look at the very last comment

I fear it's bad news for northern light.

Saw the divine story yesterday -- couldn't remember why I knew the name of the company ;)

all your shopping cart belong to us [theregister.co.uk] - things must be desperate with a claim like this... from January.


 7:53 am on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)


Your right on.
I had just read that very post and was going to paste the same comment here.

I wonder if Northern Light will finally go away, or will it mean new life?

That's right, I had forgotten that it was Divine that was trying to make everyone pay for using Shopping Carts.

I also found this little statement about DIVINE, Inc. :

"Filipowski raised about $1 billion starting in 1999 to create a company with a market value of $3 million as of Tuesday's close--a greater than 99 percent loss."

OUCH! That's gotta hurt.


 8:13 am on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Northern Light had an awesome news search and news alerts. The news alerts have gone away and I'm hearing rumors that the news search is not long for this world either. Very sad.


 1:24 pm on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

When I was working in a company in the marketing department, I used to scour Northern Light for sales leads. It was (still is?)a great search engine for businesses.


 4:22 pm on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

I guess they got what they deserve.

I knew they were in trouble when they started black mailing firms with patent claims that would never stand up in court.

I feel sorry for the firms that were stupid enough to give them money, rather than consulting legal advice.


 4:27 pm on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

NL used to allow payment for search, but they quit offering that not long ago. Not a big loss because I used them only once, and was disappointed in the results.

jeremy goodrich

 5:02 pm on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Interesting stuff, Northern Light, I wonder how many people even visited their site after the 'search and see websites' was gone?

Last time I looked, months ago, all they had was that search / then you could pay for the 'article' after reading an abstract...I guess it just never appealed to a lot of us, eh?


 7:38 pm on Feb 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

There's still some life in Northern Light, although their database is quite out of date. You can search on NL by going to NLresearch.com [nlresearch.northernlight.com] and selecting "world wide web only".

Northern Light's advantages are the boolean searching and topic clustering.


 2:14 am on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

... and the alerts for new pages added to the index, though you can do that for AltaVista with Tracerlock, and for Google with Googalert (sp?)


 8:02 am on Mar 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

I thought NL died two years ago, are we having a belated funeral?

RIP Northern Light, but don't get too comfy, several others will be joining you in the failed search engine grave very shortly!

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