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According to a member of the T-Online board they stopped using Overture/FAST results because Overture/FAST is now owned by Yahoo, one of the biggest competitors for the T-Online web portal.
This means that another four percent of german seachr queries are now going through Google's servers.
Now that is some good news! :)
Do you know when the results will finally change at t-online.de, then? I still see overture sponsored results on top and www underneath ... or will the sponsored ov results stay there?
I still see overture sponsored results on top and www underneath
T-Online has been running closely with Fast for years now and this is surely a surprising move.
>another 4 % going to Google.
Hmm, that much? Looking at stats that cover a few german sites, I don't even get that much from T-online. In fact we have discussed this several times and wondered why a major portal like T-online doesn't drive more traffic than it actually does. Heini once speculated that people don't go there to search.
In fact we have discussed this several times and wondered why a major portal like T-online doesn't drive more traffic than it actually does. Heini once speculated that people don't go there to search.
I guess that's right. I use T-Online as my mobile Internet access and a lot of freinds and co-workers use it at home. They all use it solely as access-provider, but not as portal! Every single one of them uses Google as search engine.
AOL Germany claims they have 6.4 Million users in a weekly average ([aol.de ]), but in the same article they calim only to have 2,6 Million members in Germany. So the 6.4 Mio shows the online-session, I guess.
The German poulation is about ~90 Million people. It is said that about 50% of Germans over the age of 14 are online - which is about 32 Million people ([heise.de ]).
Hope that helps :-)
Of course, this is probably hurting them about as much as a gym-towel snap on the bum, and about as humiliating, too.
Overture's working pretty hard lately to pick up new clients ahead of MSN giving them the boot. Clients like sympatico.ca, ironically also a portal/competitor (what were they thinking?).
O will be feeling it though when MSN finally drops them.