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MSN to eliminate Looksmart listings?

LookSmart said MSN plans a similar test for the United States in October

     
9:46 pm on Aug 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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In its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, LookSmart said MSN recently tested a new search results layout in the United Kingdom that eliminated the directory layer of listings provided by LookSmart. LookSmart said MSN plans a similar test for the United States in October.

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This would be huge for most as the directory listings tend to bury the free listings on page 2 or 3.

9:59 pm on Aug 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If this happens, I'll be buying rounds of drinks at the next PubCon:>)
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12:05 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Separately, Payne said MSN is sticking with paid-inclusion partner LookSmart, which allows website operators to pay to have more of their pages included in internet searches.

Taken from the interview and article today. [silicon.com]

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12:18 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone noticed if the MSN crawler is using LookSmart directory listings as a feed to crawl through?

TJ