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ATW's Last 10 searches?
Any Use?

 12:00 am on Aug 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just went to ATW and noticed that after one particular search that you are given the option of looking at the last 10 searches conducted on the engine. I've only just noticed this, but it may have been around for ages.

Any ideas what this is for, or what use it is for the surfer?



 12:23 am on Aug 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

entertainment...that's all.


 1:09 am on Aug 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

once i was refreshing it for a long time and I kept seeing link:www.widgets.com requests.

I guess lot's of webmasters and automated scripts make up a huge percentage of their search. I am pretty sure it's for most SE that use "link:" syntax.

Or maybe it was just that one time, when someone was running a program to check amount of links...


 1:18 am on Aug 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just went and tested it again. On average every 3rd refresh contains "link:www.widgets.com -site:widgets.com" or "link.all:www.widgets.com".

This makes 1/30 of all requests to ATW just link checking which is mostly a webmaster tool...

So if google does 250 million searches a day and has the same rate of link: searches, that would make 8.3 million searches.


 3:00 am on Aug 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

You might think I am crazy, but I went even further and wrote a little Perl script. It requested "recent searches" 1000 times with a second interval between each request.

I then, searched for "link:" and "link.all" searches.

There were 78 searches requested out of 10000, that included "link:" syntax.

That is way less then I approximated above, but still a lot if you think about it!


 4:06 am on Aug 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

It may have been there, but I had not noticed until you pointed it out. Thanks, I think.

There is a refresh button near the bottom of their page that gives you ten more and on....

No idea what it might be good for. Amusing diversion?


 4:14 am on Aug 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am pretty sure it's for most SE that use "link:" syntax.

Maybe that is why Google is not updating or showing all links to a URL.

OK by me, wish they would keep it thay way.. I know some people use Google to check what new inbound links we have once in a while.


 9:24 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

Active since April: Cool feature on Alltheweb - Search Spy / View last 10 searches [webmasterworld.com]


 10:02 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

There have been a lot of meta-search engine's that have had it in the past, but to be honest, i can't see the benefit to SE users or webmasters, considering how many searches there are. Obviously if your trying to top out on the top ten searches across an SE's network, then something along zietgeist is a more appropriate tool.


 10:12 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

>Any Use?

If you know the refresh frequency, a bot could go in a grap the phrases and make a keyword database. That could be usefull ;)

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