Googles only real competitor bought by Overture

In the news today (Google news): The purchase of and its technology from Fast Search and Transfer to Overture Services Inc for 100 million US dollars.

That, just a week after they announced their takeover of the Altavista search engine. Its going to be interesting to see if Overture, which made its money from pay-for-placement search, will add more of the same to both AltaVista and AllTheWeb.

To me, it seems like AllTheWeb soon will be filled with pay-for-placement ads, and that it will become less of a competitor to Google.

[Via andersja’s blog]

4 Responses to Googles only real competitor bought by Overture

  1. Matthias April 14, 2003 at 11:17 am #


    Sorry, Yahoo is not a search engine. It uses the data of other search engines, in the moment of Google. If you mean, because they bought Inktomi, then you are right!

    Better we should say, three big ones:

    Google, Fast-Altavista-(Overture) and Inktomi-(Yahoo)

    About the Fast-Deal, I think, Overture will use Fast (Alltheweb) to have a good working and competitive search engine, where Adwords can be implemented in an easy and cost effective way. Altavista (I’m afraid) will be used as a test lab for new or specific algorithms.

  2. Gerald July 19, 2003 at 4:51 pm #

    Yahoo buys Overture (news from 14 July 03). So market will be shared by Google and Yahoo. It’s time for some new competitors.

  3. Aje malaga September 24, 2003 at 1:51 pm #

    Google Good luck on you project !

  4. Anonymous October 26, 2003 at 7:11 am #

    Overture is a good finder, but google obviously is the best.