New site went up about six weeks ago. Never submitted it to AllTheWeb or Lycos. A week and a half ago (Oct 11) Fast came in and sucked up the whole site. Yesterday Lycos (primary) and AllTheWeb (secondary) traffic began loading up my logs. It's not a big flood but it sure looks like it when no one else is there. It's a very pleasant surprise!
I only have one or two external links pointing at this site. Did Fast find me this fast by crawling external links?
I've noticed that too, it is pretty quick and is, currently, faster than Google. I'm seeing exactly the same traffic situation. Googlebot was first to vist but ATW was first to show in the SERPS by a number of weeks. I do submit sites to ATW and I let Googlebot find its own way.
I submit, but I have to say that the spider comes quick and and it's hungry when it gets there. I have been getting in and ranking VERY well in ATW I can't get google to come no matter what most of the time, and when I did get it through on another site, it slapped me with a PR0 right off the bat. That's over two months ago and no lifting of it. I really wish Fast was more prominent in other engines.