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Frankly, I'm partial to spidering engines (OK, OK.... NBCi and spidering engines). I could make a good case that the fall of Yahoo could be the best thing that could happen for SEO. Think about it... who'd inherit the mantle as the most popular place to search? Google, perhaps? MSN?
I won't say that it needs to happen, but I can see alot of positive things happening if Yahoo lost significant chunks of its market share.
No doubt about it, ODP would be brought to the top rungs of "where Joe Surfer goes to search" --but what about Fast? Northern Darkness? Or even some new entry that might be waiting in the wings?
But seriously, I think FAST is going to keep rising up in the ranks as a major player. Along with Lycos they are going to be a huge world-wide name. With them powering at least one major search engine in each country, I think pretty soon they are going to top out Google and Yahoo altogether. With the help of Terra-Lycos, who is looking at trying to be at a same level with AOL, this very well can happen in the near future.
I agree. It's pretty fast on results and more accurate returns than in the past.
Northern Light. I don't see them rising up in terms of a major search engine. They've got a special editions section that seems like it could fit right into the specialty search engine idea.
Anyone see a newer engine or directory that looks promising and on the upswing?