February 16, 2004

A new sign of yahoo's impeding switch away from using Google for search results appeared today with the appearance of a Yahoo-branded Slurp spider with the following UA string:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp; http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/slurp)

I think I'll call this one yahlurp ;)

Yahoo's continued use of the Inktomi spider name of "Slurp" can be seen as a sign that they will be using Inktomi-based results when they switch away from Google instead of using Altavista or AllTheWeb (two other spidering engines that were acquired along with Inktomi when Yahoo purchased Overture).

Posted by Andrew at February 16, 2004 11:06 PM