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Lycos uses the meta description as snippet. So that's what the user gets to see: Definitely worthwile to optimize for clickthrough from serps.
Of course it's a different question of how the description is weighted in ranking. Fact is there are many top listings which have not decriptions at all.
<meta name="description" content="Worldwide keyword1, keyword2, andkeyword3 for computer, keyword4, keyword5, andkeyword6">
Would this work or be a benefit? (The and connected to the keywords on this description... <snip>)
[edited by: heini at 6:49 pm (utc) on Dec. 12, 2002]
[edit reason] no specifics please. [/edit]
Pages which had faily good 'keyphrase' description tags were being completely overlooked in SERP descriptions in favour of the first 10-15 words of body copy.
After changing my pages to reflect this, my pages have gone up considerably in results.
Unless of course Fast has changed their approach in the last 4 weeks or so!