I am using AllTheWeb more and more just lately and not because of whats going on with google at the moment. I find there SERPS are excellent but they do have some holes they need to patch up.
It's anyones guess what's going to happen with AllTheWeb since Overture. IMO AlltheWeb should go public soon as in advertise it to the world it's the perfect time market wise. But theres a nagging feeling at the back of my mind thinking is AllTheWeb ready for mass usage? Holes that can be easily exploited by a thoughtful Spammer. I feel AllTheWeb will degrade if it gets popular as it will be more of a target of Spammers unless AllTheWeb does something to their algo.
What things do you think AllTheWeb needs to address before (if ever) they go public? Or are they ready now?
Search engines will always have holes - and as they patch them up, new ones will be found.
I agree, marketing wise now is the perfect time for ATW. I think they should just get on with it, making sure they have the finance and facilities in place to tweak the algo on the fly as they become more popular.
I've put quite a few people onto ATW now, and word seems to be spreading quite quickly. I would bet my last nickel that their visit stats have increased in the last 6 weeks.
Agreed. The ATW index has to deal with the same amount of mass generated stuff, with the same amount of low quality pages. Not necessarily as a deliberate exploit, but rather as collateral damage from attempts at flooding Google. Free indexers ineviatbly are confronted wiht all the stuff out there, wether it's targeted at them or not.
When looking at ATW don't forget what you see there is simultaneously served to millions of users daily throughout dozens of countries. ATW is in fact one of the smallest outlets of the index.
So it is in use, it's been tried & tested under heavy load real life conditions - for years already.