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FAST and AV will be merged to one SE-Index soon

Final date is Oct 15th

     
7:28 am on Sep 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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For I donīt find a thread about this issue - and for I donīt know exactly where to post this thread (yes, I know, almost all members are in London, PubCon ... a bit whining on my site...):

  • FAST and Altavista are merging their indexes together untill the 15th Oct.
  • Both search eninges, and all partners will get only one index, but itīs not clear yet, if the partners like Lycos can manipulate the listing.
  • Overture will thereafter only accept one Trusted Feed
8:47 am on Sept 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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oLeon, any sources for that?
Not that I doubt the general direction of the statement, it has been rumoured for a while, but I have not yet heard any official statements.
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No official statement - but we are Trusted Feed Partners of both, and I told to my contact person about this issue yesterday, I have no problems to believe what he said :-)
3:15 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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seeing Altavista favoicon at alltheweb now.
3:17 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They _are_ working at the whole engine, see members observations here:
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6:03 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>Altavista favoicon

Still seeing ATW here.

6:04 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Rumbas clear cache (Also if you use IE god knows which one might appear)
6:30 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Just ran several searches that normally return a few hundred thousand results. A few times it can back with no results returned and prompted me to try my searh at AV.
9:03 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Interesting...interesting indeed. You see, I'm listed in the AV SERP's, but not indexed at all by alltheweb. Who will prevail? Will my listings "disappear", or stick around...will be interesting to see.

Dave.

9:08 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Way I heard it was AV for the algo, ATW for the tech. Be interesting to see which way it goes.
9:20 pm on Sept 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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That's a tough one, glad i saw it... i've had a few issues lately with ATW searches not behaving as i thought they would and backlinks also seem to be way off (as another thread also points out).

ATW was just getting very good (*) i hope it's not getting worse now due to this.


(*) By "very good" i mean "search quality" when i search for other people's stuff, not the ranking of my own pages. Imho, it was just as good as Google and even better for some types of searches (again, i'm not talking about my own ranking, it was/is as it should be)
9:35 am on Sept 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>Altavista favoicon

Still seeing ATW here.

The favicon is now changed to the Overture logo:

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