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Cool feature on Alltheweb - Search Spy
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 6:00 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)





 6:14 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

It`s dated April 8, but I`ve missed it so far TheDave. I also like the Keyboard Shortcuts [alltheweb.com] that they have developed. ;)


 6:31 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Not sure, but I think those search terms are filtered :)


 6:36 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah I think they are a little bit filtered, but I have seen quite a few good ones in the refreshes I did ;)


 6:39 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

yea there has been a few that make me smile also.

It would be pretty funny if google brought out something similar. If you where to take a look around update time how many of the ten searches do you think would be link:www.yahoo.com lol


 9:13 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just on a random flipthrough for a while I noticed that around one in twenty searches was a link.all search.

seems to indicate disproportionate usage by webmasters...


 9:24 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)


I belive so :) Haven't seen it before.

Good find TheDave!


 9:28 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Good find, though a very old idea, SE wise, their was another engine a few years ago, that certainly in my vague recollections allowed you to view the last 15 (I think) top searches over quite a quick refresh rate, though can't remember the name for the life of me.


 9:39 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Quite a few engines/portals do this feature, though mostly minor ones.
Interestingly Lycos.Europe sites have lately introduced a live search:

What I find interesting with the ATW feature is to watch the spread of languages. I've seen quite a few french and german queries. Also remarkable how many people seem to use the url investigator, i.e. typing in urls.


 10:01 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

I Wish that they listed more than 10, but 100.

I wish that they would have a function that you enter a search term and they spit out back how many times it has been searched and from where.

I wish that they did some analytical breakdown, ala Google zeitgeist and Lycos top 50.


 10:04 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

>I wish that they would have a function that you enter a search term and they spit out back how many times it has been searched and from where.

lOl now that would be cool! Complete search stats from a worldwide major SE - wow!


 10:29 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

>spit out back how many times it has been searched and from where

awcabot, I don't think you'll ANY search engine that'll give you those numbers. If you do, I would like to hear about them. Agreed though, it would be interesting stuff.

But if Google or Fast charged us, say $1.00, for such a keyword report, would they make some profits?


 10:41 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Appears this may be a prelude to something bigger?


 10:59 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

interesting to see the Opera Compliant logo


 11:14 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

"Appears this may be a prelude to something bigger?"

what do you think could be on the cards brett?


 1:06 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Split off some side topics here: (1 [webmasterworld.com],2 [webmasterworld.com])

Mack, I just thought it might look like the forerunner to a overture like suggestion tool.


 1:27 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Before I was into this search engine stuff I was reading 2600 publication. And within this magazine was a 2 page spread of Yahoo keywords of what people searched for, I remember seeing it going wow what perverts and wakkos out there on the net.

This search shows some weird stuff but its unedited. Watching these searches can do two things for you, it can help you find a new market to throw up a site for because a lot of people are searching for the keywords, maybe new ones? And secondly you may find new sites on the net or new interests from someone elses search phrases.

Cool little tool, I think every search engine needs one of these. But I was pressing the f5 button with windows side by side and i didnt see any of the results move up just a little bit, ie see the same keyword twice within a refresh which makes me wonder if it just randomly pulls up some results for a db somewhere compared to live results which were really searched for.


 2:04 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

We have something very similar within the BBC, which shows up recent trends within what people are searching for on the BBC News site. They use it to spot breaking internet stories / rumours, and to prioritise stroies that they suddenly find there is a large audience interest in.
No plans to publish it on the site yet though.


 2:34 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

>forerunner to a overture like suggestion tool

Interesting thought. I fail to see the need for that though. Since ATW is practically an Overture property at this point it wouldn't make much sense to develop a second suggestion tool.

Also it's certainly more interesting to see the search terms at Fast's portal partners, as with those you'd get a grip on local searches done in specific markets.


 3:13 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

It's a nice window into search behaviour. I was quite surprised at the number of one-word and much too general two-word searches.


 11:47 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

It also comes up if you just enter a blank query.

(split off some more of the side topic stuff)


 3:14 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

I tried a little game. In one window I would search for something then in another I would refresh the list. No matter how fast I did it, I couldn't get my search to appear in the list. So I tried refreshing it a few times, to give it a chance to catch up if there is a delay, but mine would never appear. So I conclude that there are several more than ten searches going on in any given two second period. That, or it isn't really current.

This could be a seriously nerdy sort of solitaire to play when really and truly bored. "Catch your Query" it could be called. (If anybody packages the idea and makes millions of dollars off of it, I want credit at least ;) )


 3:17 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Or - multiple data centers. You are searching on one, while the list is coming from another.


 6:25 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

I played for just a few moments and I was able to get my (definitely unique) query to appear in the list. The catch- it's actually delayed by about 30 seconds. I queried a few different terms, kept reloading another window, and saw one of my first terms half a minute later. They were 4 word phrases about my site so I know they were mine.

ps. we all had the idea ;) I started doing it before I read the rest of the thread.


 8:59 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hmm, I was not able to catch my query, must be a delay of several mins for me.
Or, another option would be they pull those from all queries to their servers. In that case the chance a query to ATW shows up would be rather slim, as the great majority of queries comes in via Lycos, T-online etc.


 10:13 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

What I did... load up a unique query on ATW. Open a new window with the recentqueries page. Go to the first query and reload it 12 or 15 times over and over. Then go to the recent queries page and start reloading it constantly. It will take 15 to 30 seconds but you will catch it! I have a screen shot of the recent list with "here is a query for you webmasterworld geeks" on it but I don't know where to put it without posting a link ;)


 10:46 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

How I said earlier I couldn't see the same results show up within the next refresh, seems I can now. Ill search for something and refresh and the terms move up now. Less people searching, or something slowed down for me ;)


 11:26 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yup, got it now, almost immeadiately, like a real time search spy is supposed to work.
Anybody else seeing quite a few middle/east european language queries? Anybody else seeing lots of url type ins? Anybody else think they can get many WebmasterWorld members domains by monitoring this tool? :)


 11:29 pm on Apr 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

hah ya i think so because im seeing a lot of inurl or link queries :D I found one I think belongs to someone here, has to do with cats and another one had to do with widgets!


 2:16 am on Apr 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

ATW should change their name to "Webmaster Link Checker". Can't believe how many searches where link or domain related. I kept checking to make sure it wasn't a fluke and i found that it was consistant over many refreshes.

Couple of new games for those who are board:

How many times do you have to refresh b 4 you get 10 results that don't contain "link.all:"

Anybody got 10 results all containing link.all:

Took me over 30 views to get 10 proper search results and a couple of times i had 9 of the 10 results contain link.all:

Also, funniest and strangest (non porn related cause we all know how weird those searches are) search result is fun to here about:

I can never get over this one i saw a minute ago: www.google.com :)

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