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It depends on how you meassure it. Quality serps or market reach? (which atcually go hand in hand).
FAST's serps are imo quite as good as Google's - sometimes even better, but FAST need more reach to be known by Average-Joe on the street.
Remember Google's popularity was built on mouth to mouth. So ca FAST if they land a major web search partner.
So, yes I agree, FAST threatens Google.
lycos.com is easier to remember and type and they use FAST
>>alltheweb.com is just a testbed. If they ever were to
>>market it directly, they might use another name.
i'm not so sure its just a testbed any more - they've got banners, espotting PPC listings and other paid advertising. i got a feeling they're going to promote it throughout europe as a search engine that's better than google. it would be kind of stupid not to really.