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It is unlikely that anyone here will know, but so far the Fast database is acting the same as Altavista's did not too long ago; everything has stopped.
Will we suddenly see a massive price-tag on Fast's website? If so, will this spell the end of Fast?
The everyday user doesn't know anything about Fast, let's face it. But they do know how to spot old or bad results. Now if they see this on Lycos, Lycos is going to have to change tactics and look elsewhere for its results.
Where does that leave Fast???
Revenues have been increased significantly, both from business search solutions and from websearch, with major deals in both sections, while costs have been cut.
I'd attribute the delays in update cycles and in the final introduction of their PFI programme to technical problems. Lots of new features have been added, the spider technology has been renewed. This happened in November / December - and that's when the update cycles started slowing down.
I doubt if I'll be renewing when the beta is over, though--I'm getting hardly any referrals. Google and AskJeeves send me hundreds of referrals each day (each), but I've been getting only 1-3 from alltheweb and 2-3 from Lycos since I signed up for the Fast PFI beta.