Lycos Category Archive
Lycos has dropped its Yahoo! search engine (formerly known as Inktomi) in favor of an Ask Jeeves database (also known as Teoma). The Ask Jeeves press release includes the following: "The Lycos brand is known for search and we're committed to re-establishing Lycos.com as a leading search site," said Adam Soroca, general manager of search services at Lycos, Inc. "Ask Jeeves' Teoma search technology will deliver outstanding results to users of our new search-centric experience at Lycos.com."
There is no more AlltheWeb (or FAST Web Search if you prefer) database access anywhere that I know of. Lycos is now shows an Inktomi logo and uses the same Inktomi-based database as is seen at AltaVista and AlltheWeb. And that database appears to be but a subset of the version available at Yahoo! itself, which usually finds more results on the searches I tried. For certain popular queries, Lycos will give the first ten or so results from the LookSmart directory.
The AlltheWeb site is still up and looks quite similar, but Yahoo! has changed the underlying database and removed many of the great advanced features that helped make AlltheWeb such a great search engine. The advanced search page has lost the following options:
- FTP database is gone
- Field searches (drop down) for 'in the URL,' 'in the host name,' and 'in the link to URL'
- Boolean operators must now be in UPPER CASE (and NOT replaces andnot)
- Afrikaans, Basque, Byelorussian, Faeroese, Frisian, Galician, Indonesian, Latin, Malay, Serbian, Swahili, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Welsh language limits but gained Farsi
- Media type inclusions
- IP range limit
- Flash indexing and limit
- Size limit
One small bit of good news is that for the moment at least, Lycos continues to provide access to the old AlltheWeb database (the FAST Web Search database). How much longer this will continue is unknown, and Lycos lacks most of the options on their advanced search form that AlltheWeb offered, but at least the database is still accessible a bit longer.
Gary Price noticed that HotBot has dropped one of its databases. Originally labeled FAST and then changed to Lycos, the underlying database was basically the same as the one at AlltheWeb. It is interesting that HotBot, which is owned by Lycos, dropped the database that still powers Lycos. This is likely connected with Yahoo! talking about abandoning the AlltheWeb database, which is a real shame.
LookSmart results are now on Lycos, as announced in July. Trying to figure out which results are from which database at Lycos is now rather confusing. It appears that ads come from a combination of Overture and Lycos' own AdBuyer. The first 2-4 numbered "sponsored link" listings are from Overture. The rest of the first six numbered listings are from Lycos' own AdBuyer program. On the right margin in colored boxes are four more AdBuyer ads.
The Web Results section may contain hits from three different databases. For common queries, the first listing is a collection of Lycos Network content, which may contain links to special partners (advertisers). Then, for about 50,000 keywords, there are ten listings from LookSmart. These are called "commercial listings" and are basically ads. Then after that come the results from the FAST Web search database.
Also, the advanced search seems to be broken today. I could not get any results from it. When that is fixed, it may go directly to the FAST results without all the other links.
The "Fast Forward" function has been renamed "Sidesearch," and Lycos has released "Sidesearch" as a separate "Search Comparison Tool." Like the toolbars all the other search engines are now offering, Sidesearch installs in IE 5.01 or higher on computers running Windows 98 or higher. What it does is run a Lycos search in the left sidebar when you search at another search engine like Google. It's an interesting way to try to move users to Lycos, but it has to be installed first.
The Lycos review has been updated.
According to today's press release, LookSmart results will begin appearing on Lycos sometime later this summer. It sounds like Lycos will give ads from Overture, LookSmart ads, and then other results from the FAST database.
FAST announces the launch of their paid submission and site search combination known as PartnerSite. It has been in beta for months. With the official launch, FAST decided to have their partners be the vendors. So Lycos has launched Lycos InSite in two versions: Select (paid inclusion only) and Pro (paid inclusion and site search).
Lycos has introduced Fast Forward which provides search results on the side in both IE and Netscape. Look for the "Fast forward" link after each search result. Click on one and it will open that link in the right part of the browser window and will shrink the search results and put them in the left window.
Lycos announces new search technology used on its Lycos News section. Only some stories are "Newsmine enabled," but for those that are, IE users will see certain words highlighted. Hover over those words and a whole menu of additional information options are displayed. These can include a picture, links to Lycos searches, travel information, and more. Newsmine can be turned off.
Lycos has made a major change to the layout of its advanced search page. Beyond the layout, the new design makes it easier to combine various field searches and to specify which database to search. These database include the Fast Search database under the label of Lycos, Direct Hit, the Open Directory, and Overture. Surprisingly, the old advanced search page is still available at lycospro.lycos.com.