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As to the whois: it serves as a very good reminder how easy it is for everybody, competitors, customers, searchengines, to relate a site to a person or company.
Interesting is however how ATW has put on a mass compatible interface. While personally I liked the old design better, the Fast crew has constantly blocked every attempt at gettin a mass compatible interface.
Now OV had announced ATW would remain being a testbed, R & D sandbox etc.
This redesign seems to point into a different direction.
maybe they want to check if they can wave some hype and / or test what a even slimmier se-page can add to overtures portfolio.
In my opinion, to be a truly major contender ATW will have to make a Herculean effort to index *all* the relevant sites that they come across, whether or not people pay them, and refine their (already pretty good) search technology to bring back results that are even more targeted than Google. Those of you who know this stuff can likely see a scenario where that can happen. I just use their service, but do not work in the field.
Certainly they could have some kind of paid enhancements to make those results stand out -- as an income producing model -- but anything less than a full indexing of the available important information on the WWW will keep them at best a second choice service. Right now, their url submit page is clearly "pay to play", and that won't cut it in the big leagues where most people want specific information, not results based on the $$ paid.
However, right now, the category is empty.
for me it took 3 days until getting indexed at the end of february.
Bad: New fonts suck and they took away my ability to change thier size SIGH!
Sneaky: Overture results look EXACTLY like the normal results except the really small print beside the listing. I thought the ftc was getting SE's to move away from tricking users?
Are some of the Advanced search options different? Like...
Media Types - Find results that contain the following media types:
Include - Exclude
Audio (midi, wav, au)
Video (mov, qt, avi)
RealVideo & RealAudio
Include - Exclude
[edited by: JeremyL at 2:35 am (utc) on Mar. 4, 2003]