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msnsearch (1k image)for months now webmasters have seen MSNbot crawling and indexing their sites and journalists and bloggers have speculated about microsoft’s response to google’s dominance. now finally MS gives us a sneak preview what to expect: techpreview.search.msn.com (via webmasterworld.com)

on first observations i must say there are still some major flaws MS must take account of:

  • it doesn’t recognize authorities and hubs: amazon isn’t in the top15 for books, ebay isn’t for auctions and google not for search engine. that’s probably the strongest point in google, competitors will have to find better ways to identify authorities. the current search.msn.com, which is powered by yahoo’s inktomi, definitely does a better job on this than the techpreview.
  • too many results from the same site. search for helge fahrnberger and you’ll see what i mean.
  • webstandards: the pages don’t display entirely correct in opera and firefox. i haven’t checked but in doubt i’d rather attribute this to MS’s ignorance on webstandards than on software bugs.
  • it still seems to be very vulnerable for spam.

on the positive side: it’s fast, it displays 15 results instead of 10 on the first page and it has user feedback forms (i hope someone reads those feedbacks and i hope they’ll find a way to deal with manipulative feedback from the SEO community).


 

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