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8:21 pm on Apr 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Anyone else seeing the change?
8:29 pm on Apr 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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i'm getting a beta test has finished message
8:33 pm on Apr 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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They're caching pages also.

[beta.search.msn.com...]

8:47 pm on Apr 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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11:21 pm on Apr 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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So..are you gonna keep us guessing, Key Master? ;) What's the change?
11:44 pm on Apr 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I don't know. See for yourself:

standard search for "webmaster" [search.msn.com]

beta search for "webmaster" [beta.search.msn.com]

12:00 am on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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This beta engine is just the regular engine. I don't see any changes.
12:04 am on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Lisa, how many results are you seeing listed for the beta search and how many for the standard search?

I see 133 results for beta and 1345 for standard.

I've had a big bump in traffic from beta.search.msn.com (still getting referrals). For my keywords, I'm the only one listed in web directory sites. Odd, considering my sites were included into the Looksmart directory for free.

2:22 am on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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So, reading in between the lines. The Looksmart "payed inclusion directory db" has migrated out, while the free Looksmart directory db is still active?
2:39 am on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I don't think it's that simple. Maybe free directory listings and active Looksmart accounts.