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AFAIK, the current speculation is that they will switch to inktomi, isn't it?
Of course this can also just be taken literally - ATW will still be standalone, only they will now use webbugs for measurement and you must go to Yahoo to opt out...Any thoughts?
I don't see though how this could be any indication for a use of the ATW index on the Yahoo sites.
Nah, you're right, it's probably just wild speculation on my account - it just occured to me that if i wanted to replace Google with anything ATW would be it... Nevermind, i'll just forget about it - i saw a Yahoo quote to the press in another thread stating that it will soon be INK all over the Yahoo network.
Where that leaves ATW i don't know but it's a mighty fine SE, imho, so i hope it will still be around for those questions that Google can't give me answers to (it has consistently solved such problems in the past).
My best guess is Yahoo bought Ink, Alltheweb and Altavista more for the programming know-how. Thus, while Yahoo may use Ink, the new Inktomi will be using algos which are partially developed by ATW and Alltheweb programmers. Altavista still has some brand value, and for that reason they may not want to kill it. However, I can see Ink and ATW merged into one.
PS... Just figured it out. What I'm seeing right now is pre-Florida Google results.
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So, ATW adding that in there only means that the Yahoo cookie sharing relationship will be extended to ATW. I wouldn't read too much into that.
...pre-Florida Google results...
Well, not exactly... but Google results very much skewed in that direction, with results for the sites I monitor essentially where they were at the end of October. It's as though it's the old algo on current pages.
Check to see if the top ten results you are seeing are all in the Yahoo directory.
Yahoo directory listing definitely has nothing to do with it. In the Supporters Forum, there's a thread about the "new Inktomi." Same results I was seeing... apparently I had a cookie, though. Supporters Forum discussed a modification to the search thread to let you see these results.
It doesn't seem likely that they bought ALL of Inktomi, Altavista, and ATW simply because they liked collecting search engine companies.
Curt, they got those both at the same time with the Overture acquisition, but timewise I believe that came after the Inktomi acquisiton, though I don't recall how long the time span was.
>It doesn't seem likely that they bought ALL of Inktomi, Altavista, and ATW simply because they liked collecting search engine companies.
AV and ATW both have some outstanding search features and capabilities, it would be a shame to waste those.
What I'm wondering about is that the L.A. Times quoted Terry Semel in an article several weeks ago as saying that Yahoo was leaning toward an emphasis on local search - whether ATW can possibly figure into that in some way since they have a different audience and reach than Yahoo does here in the US. We generally don't see traffic from them here, but people in other areas do report seeing some.