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On the flip side, it is good if google doesn't dominate all the major traffic drivers. Fast's results are much better than any other standing SE except for google, so this should be good for us all if this actually happens.
>I don't rate the FAST index at all and see it as vastly inferior to Google.
Napoleon, try these;
to be or not to be [google.com] Google
to be or not to be [alltheweb.com] Alltheweb
That said, I must say, update by update, FAST seems to be improving and Google either staying still or going backwards on relevancy, FWIS (from where I sit!)
Although I'm not sure about Fast, other SE's that offer PFI services (like INK) actually pay big players like Y! to use their database (figuring they'll make their money from PFI subscriptions)...
Becuase google doesn't offer PFI services, to make money they charge Y! millions (If I remember correctly it's around 6) to use their database.
If Yahoo can find a partner that pays them and offers quality results... Yahoo could be much better off financially...
I'm excited over the prospect of seeing FAST take over at Yahoo. Even if they can't handle the traffic it will be fun to watch.
Aren't we due an update from Fast in the near future anyway? They finished the last major crawl on the 7th or 8th I think.
This should also make it quite clear just how much influence the Google results had on Yahoo results (if any). Will we see a major reshuffle in the Yahoo search results, as Yahoo remove any Google influence?
Plus the board name will need to be changed to "Fast - Lycos - Fast.yahoo.com" or something similar :)
Google's incentive for partners is adwords. Yahoo is bound to Overture/Espotting. So that ruled Google out.
FAST has proven to be a perfect backdrop to PPC listings.
I would be surprised if in some way Yahoo would not be participating from FAST PFI too.
Mind you - FAST is also a candidate for MSN. If that happened, the world of websearch ultimately would be altered.
FAST have gone to bed with Yahoo, and it's starting to get intimate - We are in constant dialog.
FAST is one of the three companies that is negotiating in the final
decisions made who Yahoo will select.
FAST is also negotiating with Microsofts MSN, says Imarkedet.
We absolutly have a close dialog. Yahoo wants to decide who will be there new search engine partners from the first of July (01-07) says Search Engine chief Knut Magne Risvik, he means
that there is Google, Inktomi and FAST that is in the final round.
Yahoo have spoken, and said that Google is becoming more of a competitor, this could be an
advantage for us, says Risvik
At the same time Microsofts MSN is also looking for a new SE partner.
But here the decision will be made in the third quarter, or the fourth, says Risvik.