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Fast Update?

 12:06 am on Feb 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

I am doing some demographic research in the Asia-Pacific region at the moment (soon to be released in the Asia-Pacific forum - shameless plug!), and have noticed two sharp increases over the last week.

The number of pages in the Vietnam domain (.vn) have increased from around 50,000 to 220,000, and in the Israel domain (.il) from around 40,000 to 780,000. And in both cases the majority of increase has been in the native language, Vietnamese and Hebrew respectivly.

I have not been watching any Global or European domains, so I am just wondering if this signifies a major update from Fast, or just a concidence.

I am also wondering if this is indicative of a major push by Fast to index native language pages.

Anyone else notice any major jumps in page numbers? Any thoughts anyone?




 1:20 am on Feb 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

"I am also wondering if this is indicative of a major push by Fast to index native language pages...Any thoughts anyone?" -

1. they have deals in the making in these countries with local players


2. They have aspirations to become local players themselves (doubtful)


3 They want to become attractive enough for local players who will then want to close a deal with them ?


 2:11 pm on Mar 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi-I am the VP Marketing from FAST. A few answers to your questions:

Our goal is to build the largest most comprehensive search index on the Web. We have the largest language catalogs in the world, bigger than Google, Alta Vista, Inktomi etc. We continue to beef up our crawlers to deepen our index into more and more TLD's.

We are experiencing jumps in other regions of our catalog as well, which we are very excited about. We now have customers in every region of the globe.

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