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Internet Search Engine Update

Magazine article Online

Internet Search Engine Update

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AlltheWeb is now indexing and including Microsoft Word files available on the Web. The advanced search form has added Microsoft Word as a File Format limit to the PDF and Flash options. In addition, the file formats can be searched from the command box by using f i L e t y p e: with either pdf, ta sh, or ms word after the colon. AlltheWeb appears to be indexing about 14 million PDFs, 2 million Word documents, and 1 million Flash files.

AltaVista has added a few new features to its news search. It now claims about 3,000 news sources, including feeds from Moreover and sites like the New York Times. New search features include a date range limit with both pre-selected time periods as well as the ability for the searcher to specify a specific date range. It also added a limit to retrieve articles that only contain associated news images. Note that AltaVista's news search includes a greater archive depth than most other search engine's news searches, with some articles dating back a year or more.

Ask Jeeves has announced that it will no longer have banner ads on its site. The ban on banners joined the earlier ban of pop-up and other interstitial ads on Ask Jeeves sites (which includes Teoma). Instead, it plans on generating income using what it calls "Branded Response" and "Premier Listings." Basically, it is moving to text ads rather than graphic ads.

Google has been busy on the experimental front again. It recently launched Froogle, a product search engine currently available in beta mode [http://froogle.google.com/]. Named as a play on both Google and Frugal, this new search engine contains just products. Sellers can get their products included for free, potentially using a data feed. The database is certainly different than regular Google, in part because Froogle includes price, store name, and sometimes even a product picture. Meanwhile, Google Labs [http://labs.google.com/] has added the Google Viewer, which scrolls through Google search results while also showing a preview of each page, and Google Webquotes, which lists quotes from other pages that point to the top 10 results from a search.

HotBot has relaunched and now can search four distinct databases: Inktomi, Google, FAST, and Teoma. While it makes it easy to search all four of these important databases, a few search features are lost from the old days: truncation, word stemming, the name search, and full Boolean capabilities. See Mary Ellen Bate's "Online Spotlight" for a more detailed review. …

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