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Perhaps because we could not see any results or all that spidering. Maybe that will now change.
Interesting that thay are not actually caching sites, rather grabbing them on the fly.
This will certainly add spice to the Asia-Pacific region, I wonder how much of an impact it will have globally. They will need to do some serious promotion.
Having said all that, with all the whining of late regarding the shrinking number of major players, it is nice to see some more competition.
The intial test searches I did seemed to come up with good results.
Kind of odd, considering the size of the database, that on one search I tried to check the freshness of the listings, they show 28 pages, while Google shows 21,000. I'm guessing that, in that database, they must have a lot of Asian language pages that Google doesn't have.
Large DB size
Good quality spam free results
I can see nothing wrong with the algorithm, results seem to be relevant to the search, different to some of the other engines but still on topic.
And dates like 19970609 aren't really "fresh".
Uggly - useless! I don't think this is because it's beta ...
I agree with Yidaki, having the biggest db does not equate to quality serp.
Don't get me wrong, I also wish that there's something out there that can seriously challenge Google, but by the look of things, openfind has a long way to go.
FYI, I have "Today's date is: xx:xx:xx" at the bottom of my pages, so I know when Google visits by looking at the cache page.
Here are the IPs I have listed for Openfind:
Thanks for posting those IP's. Now that's one less bot I have to worry about in my access log :)
I didn't ban them, but I was close to it...every time their bot came up, I would think "what are they doing..." now we know :)
Not too bad a start for an SE, interesting results. A bit spammy, but every new engine has flaws.
I tried locating my site using my typical set of target keywords, and when I perused the results, I was astonished to find portions of my site (or sites I've worked on) which had been copied and used for spam doorways by third parties.
I don't think the tactic is working for them with the top-tier search engines, but if I hadn't checked in OpenFind I wouldn't even have known about the theft. (Don't think I'll follow up on it unless I see those pages appearing in Google or MSN Search, but...now I know who they are.:))
(Also, I don't think it lists results from CGI pages.)
Having the biggest index doesn't mean anything unless you have the means to access it properly.
Google is still king IMO!
This does indeed seem to give much better and more google-like results than either the phrase alone or the phrase in quotation marks, so maybe we're misjudging it because its syntax is a little weird.
It lists a CGI site I've optimized, including interior pages, though not as deep as Google, but deeper than everyone else except Fast. Also, I'm seeing, the site ranks well for some terms that can only be attributed to link pop and/or link relevancy.
For other searches (different sites) in competitive areas, I am seeing very spammy results too...
In all of these searches, I'm surprised at the small number of reported matches. On the first result above, OpenFind reports 28K matches, whereas Google shows 1.7-million.
I wonder how many Asian language pages OpenFind shows that Fast and Google don't touch at all.
A PS to the above... on the CGI pages listed, I might have found them via external links than by spidering the site. Nevertheless, they're CGI "fake directory" style listings, without page filenames, and they are listed.