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NFFC suggested naming the updates like they do hurricanes. One month male, one month female. Since last months was the Boston update, we figured this months needed to be a female name. We voted, and Cassandra won. Not much more too it than that. We just liked it.
There are several different meanings to Cassandra. Mostly it is Greek. Some various interpretations of it:
- Trojan prophetess or unheeded prophetess.
- the confuser of men
- She was given the powers of prophecy by Apollo
- Roman, She who is Ignored
From the Greek language Cassandra translates as "she who entangles men", which is a bit different that a confuser of them. The rest Brett lists are derived from the legend of Cassandra in Greek mythology.
I doubt this would be relevant. Those looking for war news will flock to the major news portals, and the surfers know those domain names already. Google is what people use to find sites they don't know about. Google usage may in fact be down if people are glued to news portals rather than the usual surfing.
Kudos to the man who said.."use the time profitably, add more content, create a new link campaign"
Problem with update watching is that if things dont go well for you then you only have a few days before deepbot comes so no time to really make a difference for next time.
The update/dance you should be concerned with is not this one but the next one at this time. Deepbot has been and gone for this update and the results are already in the bag...somewhere.
I think you misunderstand. The update has tended to be correlated with *fresh tags dissapearing* on SERPs, not freshbot spidering. The only problem with this as a predictor is fresh tags are also known to disappear at times when there is no update.
If you look at that chart in the URL in the first post, Yahoo backlinks go up some months, and down some months. Thus, I'd have to think it is possible that on some update the new backlinks are the same as last month. Thus, people would think there is no update when there was. However, an update could easily be confirmed checking backlinks of other sites.