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Looksmart Gone from MSN

just noticed

   
3:26 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is this new or already talked to death.
4:04 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I still see L$ listings.
7:26 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm in Houston, TX and they are gone still. I have tried a bunch of searches and they are gone.
7:32 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Whats in its place, pure INK? Are the same number of Overture results displayed?
7:54 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Everything is the same except no directory listing. I go to search.msn.com
8:00 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think they're doing some regional testing.

This was discussed last night on another board where I hang out. For some of us the Looksmart listings were still showing and for others they were gone.

It's karma ...

2:02 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I am seeing the Look$mart here in China. If I use a UK proxy, I am seeing Inktomi result. :)
2:57 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Gone for the first time in NY.
Now if Yahoo does the same we will have game all together.
5:25 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's rolling out.....From here in Florida 3 of my 4 ISP's are now L$ free zones at MSN.......Oh Joy! At long last, and a few days earlier than expected this time :)
5:52 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Gone in Canada too.
5:55 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Gone in west central Florida as well - every commercial search I've tried.
8:24 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well, I'm still seeing "Web Directory Sites" in California.

Note that if you click any of the "About" links that MSN will resize your browser. I absolutely hate it when a site does this... It's a really dumb move for MSN to do it.

8:54 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>Well, I'm still seeing "Web Directory Sites" in California.

Guess you can put your dancing shoes on hold for now as the dirt isn't on that grave yet.

10:27 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)



From my normal account using IE... gone. From my normal account using Opera.... still there. From an anonymous proxy... still there.

A bit of a mixed bag then. Maybe they have just started rolling it out (but I have no idea why there would be a difference between IE and Opera).

11:27 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have the same experience as Napoleon, here in Italy.

From IE, Looksmart vanished.. ( Losesmart....)
From Opera Looksmart still there!

11:30 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I still see Look$mart listings from India, using MS IE6.
11:34 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Looksmart is still on MSN in Kentucky. I guess us hillbillies are a little bit slower on getting looksmart out then the rest of you.

His anyone seen our pig? ;)

12:12 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I noticed today, that they took the word "Beta" away from MSN Search and the looksmart listings are still gone. This looks like it, the final demise of Looksmart off of MSN.

At least I now have a replacement for Google.

12:19 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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From the UK:

IE6 - no LookSmart listings
Opera - lots of LookSmart listings

Tor

12:22 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Gone in Norway as well...
2:57 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)



>> IE6 - no LookSmart listings
Opera - lots of LookSmart listings <<

Which sort of confirms a test status... on the basis that they can presumably read more from their own browser than some else's.

I wonder what's showing on Netscape. I'll bet same as Opera.

3:56 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I wonder what's showing on Netscape. I'll bet same as Opera.

Looks like you are right :)

LookSmart listings using Netscape 7.

10:37 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well for some reason I have it back.
10:45 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Still gone on .com from the UK, I like it as it opens up all sorts of possibilities.
11:39 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Here in Chicago, using IE:
search.msn.com

I have web pages as the listings, and then to the right "adwords style" overture ads.

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Actually It depends on the search phrase I use. Looksmart listings are showing for some terms.

11:49 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Look gone in Orlando today - just OV and INK.

<<Guess you can put your dancing shoes on hold for now as the dirt isn't on that grave yet. >>

Nah, as of January 16 Looksmart is dead [shareholder.com]

2:54 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The Google door closed on us, and the MSN door opened to replace the traffic. Even though we were the top looksmart listing, we did not appear in the MSN placement for looksmart, as we were being screened by Geographic location. Now that looksmart is gone from MSN, we are near the top.

Good riddance looksmart!

4:27 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I clicked on "add a site", or whatever the term they use is, on MSN today, and it sent me to LookSmart. At LookSmart's site, there is a message posted saying that MSN will not be using their directory as of mid-January '04.

I saw LS listings on MSN, but not on all searches. Seems to me as if they are phasing them out.

4:42 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Today, I see my listings are at the top of the MSN serps for just about every one of my keywords. I sure hope this is permanent.
2:00 pm on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's not "permanent" as MSN is planning on launching their own algorithmic search engine [news.com.com]

IMO, this will take some time and MSN will stick with INK during this period. Combine this with the inevitable full scale switch to INK for Yahoo!, and INK just became a HUGE player.

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