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by Glenn Franxman, Django Developer / Stunt Programmer.

MSN Search

posted: 2003-11-16 13:22:11 perma-link, RSS comments feed

The author of the article has no clue how MSN search actually works. MSN search returns only sponsored results first. There are 16 sponsored results and then if you go to the next page you see:

Results 16-30 of about 8782246 containing "linux windows"

Their non-sponsored links don't seem to be so evil:

1. Wine Development HQ
2. Linux Online
4. WinLinux 2003
5. Red Hat
7. XChat
8. NeTraverse
9. Opera Software
10. Cygwin
11. Microsoft Linux
12. Operating System Sucks-Rules-O-Meter
13. Linux + Windows 95 mini-HOWTO
14. Download Opera

The list looks like a pretty good list of top sites.

The fact that MSN Search is willing to whore their entire first page of search results to the top bidder is another matter altogether. It makes their search hard to use, it confuses people, it is dishonest, and I'm sure glad that there are other alternatives. They get people to use MSN search because it is the default search engine for the Internet Explorer browser. Many people use it becasue they don't know about the alternatives. Sound like their other anti-competative behavior?


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