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I suspect the somewhat slow update at Fast may come as a consequence of their renewal of search options and services.
You are absolutely correct in your observations. We are running late with our reindexing, and we are off schedule. This is due to introduction of very large chunks of new technology for crawling. Our latest estimate is to have a completely fresh index up within the coming week. We are talking closely with our customers to inform them of the state, and I apologize for any issues that have caused you. I am totally convinced that this major technology upgrade (1 out of 3 major in the next two months) will be extremely beneficial for you moving forwards. ;-)
- Knut Magne Risvik : FAST Director of Engineering.
joined:July 3, 2001
joined:Nov 20, 2000
Add to that the fact that their Director of Engineering, Knut, takes the trouble to post to us on here means that they attract my utmost respect.
I'm looking foreward to the new update, and FAST looks like a major player in Europe, deals with T-online, Terra Lycos, and not to forget Tiscali (upcomming) will give FAST a top 3 position in most European countries.
Just my take on it..
I think the impatience is due to quote: "Our latest estimate is to have a completely fresh index up within the coming week" (Nov. 24.th) stated by KnutRisvik in this thread.
Anyway, it's better to let us wait for some days - yes even weeks - and then be sure the technology works as intended.
Implementing a new technology too early and having troubles could damage FAST more than having eager webmasters wait a little longer. (just take a look at the size of the Google dance threads)
Ofcourse it's nice to know when the update goes live, but more interesting is what the new technology will bring.