$ for searching

James Hong jhong@xmethods.net
Tue, 15 Jan 2002 12:35:23 -0800

In my opinion, users publish web content knowing that anyone can (and may)
freely access it. If a third party wants to take that free data and create
value added services on top of it and charge for their service, that's fine
with me... especially because that content is probably available via google
too. The way I see it, the user isn't paying for your content, they're
paying for the search. If northern light can find the user something that
google can't find for free, then NL deserves the money! :)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan Doyle" <adoyle@intl-interfaces.com>
To: <fork@xent.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 12:19 PM
Subject: $ for searching

> Good spammish subject line, eh?
> I just saw that Northern Light is about to stop allowing free
> searches. This doesn't cause me too much pain, because I never used
> them for searching anyway. But it does bring up an issue. Do I want to
> provide content for them to index if they are not going to let people
> find it for free?
> What other search engines out there have this policy? Is there a
> central list? Are people building robot.txt files to block non-free
> engines?
> I'm going to have to think about this for a little while. They hold 25
> records that came from my sites. That's a drop in the bucket, but hey,
> someone has to stand up for the free engines. If I pull my content
> from non-free engines, that makes them just a little less desirable and
> will swing the pendulum an infinitesimal amount away from them. Thus
> market forces may prevail, driving traffic to the free sites up,
> enabling them to generate more revenue from advertising.
> But we all know it's not so black and white. A lot of sites that let
> you search for free also take money for good placement. So what's a
> socially conscious web page owner to do?
> Allan
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