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I've noticed much more activity from ATW.
Not here. That traffic is infinitesimal is not surprising, because ATW is a test site for Overture- Overture does not currently intend ATW for use as an internet destination for the general public.
Because it is a "test site" (Overture's own words), it is not a contender for anything.
a serious contender to the throne.
There are many contenders. I've got my eyes set for changes this year, and serious competition in 2005- from all sides.
Tantrum? Although some have experienced this, I have not. Not in my sector. Neither has the average user... Yet.
1. Please inform us sbout this "google trantrum". When did it occur? What was it?
2. What extra activity have you noticed from ATW?
Im not aware of either. ATW, AV and MSN have all been delivering their normal percentage of hits, though only MSN is increasing slightly. Google has had serious contenders to the throne for several years and agree that ATW has useful features.
I need more detail or evidence from you before taking these subjective statements seriously.
BUT: OV has a team led by Gary Flake [webmasterworld.com] currently working on unifying the best features of the ATW and the AV technology. Flake is an expert at link analysis and web communities. This is going to be interesting.
I expect a brandnew first rate search engine to be the result, presented at Altavista, ATW, and several portals worldwide.
If and how this is going to be serious competition for Google depends on a lot of factors.
I suppose a main factor will be the revenue splits Google and OV are going to offer to their Portal partners.
Because it is a test site, it doesn't make it a lesser site.
>>>1. Please inform us sbout this "google trantrum". When did it occur? What was it?
Perhaps you should read more posts.:)
2. What extra activity have you noticed from ATW?
From what was a none entity - my logfiles now show a lot more activity - more people are using it.
>>> "need more detail or evidence from you before taking these subjective statements seriously."
... your choice!
AV's search powers + ATW's database size and enthusiasm = beyoooteeful search engine.
ive read a lot of posts. all ive seen is webmaster's tantrums while Google is changing their algos and ranking mechanisms.
Now ATW has had great results from where i stand for over a year. However there is little traffic from them over that time though it has been very very grapdually increasing over that time like AV and more so for MSN. Now as Fast as Heini has said, had not promoted their web search, that makes ATW look even better.
But hots for us have not increased since the "webmaster's tantrums". Heini's post is highly useful. It would be great to have another good search engine or two. And he sounds very positive. The key may be however whether overture turns into a search company, or whether they turn ATW and AV into ad delivery mechanisms for OV's existing role as an advertising company.
At the moment Google, (to me) still has a "search" brand and it means they can deliver ads on the side. I hope that is what happens to ATW/AV/OV, rather than ATW/AV being ad delivery mechanisms for an ad company delivering search on the side.
What is happening at OV is very exciting, and i watch in anticpation of what their strategy will be.
But to the point of the thread, whether their is anything to exploit will be up to whether Google can right itself after this update or the next. As long as it makes such significant errors in crawling the web, an opportunity exists.
The key may be however whether overture turns into a search company, or whether they turn ATW and AV into ad delivery mechanisms...
I had a chance to have a word with Gary Flake last month, and I asked him about that...
as he has repeated in interviews elsewhere, he told me that their investments in search are 5-10 year investments.
But every one knows that the search engines all have their hands on their holsters and soon it's going to be high noon at the OK Corral.
Gosh, I feel like Herb Caen with the three dot journalism that he invented...
Move away from inside knowledge and politics.
Step into Joe Public's shoes.
You (joe public ) may yet not have heard of ATW, like a couple of years ago you had not heard of Google.
You find ATW, use it, like it ... cut away from Google and ATW grows in users.
Test site or not, if it proves successful, minds will change and tomorrows plans may be on the back boiler.
Google needs to work hard to win back loyalty - it has fouled twice.
My living depends on SEO and Google doesn't play the same part than it did earlier this year.
I think ATW will organically grow, ignore it at your peril, listen to inside mumbles - or look at your logfiles and compare them with six months ago.
I see results, I'm pleased with what ATW is delivering.
Just because I'm banging ATW's drum doesn't make me a fool.
For example, to me i go to google a lot simply because of its the raw speed and simplicity rather than for the quality of its database (though im nt criticising Google there), but sometimes i go to ATW and after fiddling around a bit can sometimes get different and useful results. ATW lags behind in functionality on people wanting to do a simple fast search, which to me is very important.
I think ATW can stand on its own, more than a substutute for Google - maybe for the advanced searcher.
The tone of your postings here sound like an emotive crusade against something rather than an objective look at ATW. Its almost as if you are spinning ATW in curious attempt to get google to change.
I think ATW has some excellent qualities and yes, it can run alongside Google ... equally I think Google needs to take a long hard look at herself, these mood swings are not good:)
Because they are targeting portals as customers. Fast has never failed to hint at what happened to Yahoo, when they partnered with Google. Yahoo had raised their own worst competition! And if it were not for the Overture partnership Yahoo very well might have gone bust by now!
In a landscape where Google in several countries worldwide not only owns websearch with 70+%, but also massively steals eyeballs from the portals, Google is a threat to many portals very existence.
That's where Overture is coming from. They have never gone in competition with their customers.
So Altavista is now new territory for OV. Altavista is a destination, thus competing with OV's partners.
Will they allow ATW to become a destination for the masses too?
Currently it doesn't look like that.