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    We were considering developing a site and investing in Inktomi as its source of traffic, mainly to have a t least one site not dependent on Google. Now, though, I am not sure it is a good idea now that AOL is switching to Google. My concern is that MSN is next and soon Inktomi's results will not yield much traffic anymore.

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    http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/aol.html

    I have contacted a person at msn as you do, And they said they have been pleased with the results their partners deliver and don't plan on switching anytime soon. This couldve just been your average customer service person but so yeah..
    Inktomi is still a good buy for now for a listing msn traffic could deliver.

    As for AOL/Netscape it's about time! Let's hope MSN Does follow and start using Google results! Hey i would even be happy if MSN used Alltheweb's results! just not Looksmart, Scum of the earth.

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    Rumor has it that Intel will make an offer to buy AOL.

    Ink has way more jack than google so it's doubtful they will be hurt by anything google does.

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    Makes you ownder if someone's going to hop in and buy Overture, though, doesn't it? I can see someone coming in and buying them out for a song.

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    I'm sure ink won't be hurting, Hey why do people pay for ink anyway? There main reason is MSN. Then AOL. No-more AOL. Then what? Rely on traffic inktomi delivers from looksmart? hotbot iwon? not too much their.
    Google/AOL/Netscape quite a bit of traffic, and all for FREE.
    slurp likes to crawl the web alot like googlebot, it likes following links, likes popular sites that are ranked on other search engines, so why pay inktomi if slurp's crawling other places your listed? The value of their payment plan is still their all because of msn traffic.
    All the rest of their partners can not deliver too much traffic.
    But yes as long as MSN uses inktomi i would consider paying them.

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    The majority of our Inktomi traffic is from MSN. AOL is definitely a distant second.

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    MSN doubled their subs last year from 4 million to 8 million. Ink is their partner
    and they almost never dump a valuable partner.

    And you really no one thing - chances of Billy G ever taking stupid pills are slim and none. He cares about one thing $$$$$.

    If it pays we play. Unlike the stupid boys at BendOver.

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