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One-upping google on the news search. Good move.
As usual this feature will be displayed at Alltheweb showcasing their ability. Will Lycos sites pick it up? Will perhaps some other major go for it?
"Will perhaps some other major go for it?"
It would make my year if one or two of the majors decided to compete on freshness of their databases, increase their spidering cycles and shorten their inclusion time to appear in the results.
Sort of like back in 99 when the engines were competing for the largest database and optimisation was fun!
Webmaster world has their own RSS delivery too.
<A HREF="www.syndic8.com">Syndic8</A> is an excellent resource for getting started and lists thousands of news sources in RSS format. (Its a non-commercial site, plse delete if not appropriate) There are also many portals deivering news through RSS including Daypop, newsisfree, etc.etc.
If one of the majors gets on to this, they will have a great competitive advantage.
There are essentially three classes of enhancements to this release:
1. News Search. This will be rolled out to our portal customers in December.
2. FAST Topics. Same as previous and it's really up to Lycos, T-Online, Tiscali, etc. to decide whether they want to deploy this feature or not.
3. Linguistics Framework (antiphrasing, etc.) is available immediately to our customers. This is very exciting as it has a tremendous impact on relevancy.
I hope this clarifies the new release a bit. Thanks again for the support!
At the close of last year, alltheweb and Google hogged the means to turning search into what I can only envisage as a "seamless" Web experience (sounds like a Microsoft press release).
Neither capitalized fully on its potential and, disappointingly, alltheweb looked as though it would become just another database dishing out results to all and sundry.
TEOMA and WiseNut hit the scene and we looked to them to stir up some dust. Nothing happened.
These new developments change the face of search and give those looking at next year with a somewhat baleful eye huge cause for optimism. Moreover, with Lycos being resuscitated for the event, the future looks a lot more open than it did a short while ago.
Remembering FAST's recent staff layoffs and financial straits, I guess we owe those involved in pulling the alltheweb into direct contention with Google a vote of thanks (albeit in different areas for now).
The sooner this potential powerhouse joins Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and AV as a primary traffic driver, the better for all of us.
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I'm delighted with the changes and see a strong pure search and largely free facility as a very healthy development indeed. I am certain that FAST will continue to make ground, and fill at least some of the void left by ailing engines like AV, whose serps have been going in the opposite direction for years.
Thanks for your input here Stephen... and congratulations on these improvements.