CURRENT VERSION IS SEY 2003
Search URL: http://www.excite.com/
Submission URL: Submit your site to Google
to have it show up in Excite.
Excite is one of the oldest search
engines around and was at one stage considered among the best. The focus
gradually shifted, from a pure search engine to a portal site offering
e-mail, shopping etc. Web search became just another one of many attractions
offered at Excite. This shift in focus was compounded with the 2001
acquisition of Excite by InfoSpace.
In my opinion, Excite is in serious
danger of disappearing quietly. It remains for now on
my Major Search Engines list because it is still a fairly
popular web destination.
The most significant change at
Excite is that its search engine is now (almost) a pure meta
They no longer maintain their own
general database. The only database they do maintain is of sites that
participate in their Guaranteed Inclusion program. The value
of that program seems questionable. It makes more sense to get guaranteed
inclusion through Overture, which is one of the sources of Excite search
results. Better yet, a Google listing will also get your site in front
of Excite users.
Excite currently receives search
Google, LookSmart, Inktomi, Ask Jeeves, About, Overture, FindWhat and
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Search URL: http://www.excite.com/
Advanced Search: ?
Submission URL: Submit your site to Overture to have it show up in Excite.
Contact URL: http://www1.excite.com/home/companyinfo_excite/about_excite/0,20394,,00.html
Physical address: ?
Phone number: ?
Interesting developments at Excite...
@Home have entered into an agreement with InfoSpace
Inc. to sell them certain Excite domain names, trademarks and traffic.
The agreement does not extend to physical assets. @Home will move its
focus to broadband products and services. These are BIG changes!
will happen to the Excite search engine?
From the looks of it, the Excite search engine
will remain with us, but in a slightly different form. At the time of
writing, InfoSpace just took over the site. In a press release they
assured Excite users that they're working hard and fast to make the
transition as smooth as the can.
new focus for Excite... Perhaps not that new
The combination of free e-mail, a customizable
start page and search functionality was, in my opinion, always Excite's
best asset. As a pure search engine, Excite has not been that competitive
over the last 2 years.
It seems the folks at InfoSpace agree. Today (December
29, 2001), they're continuing the mammoth task of moving 200 million
e-mail folders. Here's an extract from the news update published on
We made significant progress yesterday
and will continue this process both today and over the weekend. However,
we've been through this before, and we're experienced enough to know
that things will be a little buggy out of the gates. Within a handful
of days, we will have the system fully stabilized, and you should
have a better, more reliable email product than you have been used
to. You have our commitment.
news release also confirmed that Excite e-mail is to remain a free service:
The service itself will remain free
and will launch with features such as a basic spam filter (with a
more complex system coming soon), forwarding capabilities and an enhanced
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