Yahoo's Renewed Search Focus?
A new version of Slurp, Yahoo!'s search crawler was released this week. According to the Yahoo! Search blog, the crawler will do its Internet job a little faster and be more efficient at visiting websites - "As a result, site owners will notice as much as a 25% reduction in the number of requests and bandwidth consumed by the crawler. Yahoo has been running both versions of its crawler the past few weeks in tandem, increasing the requests to websites. Now that the full crawler is in full production, sites should see some shuffling of pages that are included in the index and some changes in ranking as well. Whether the new search crawler indicates a refreshed interest in search for Yahoo, or is just a standard update, is up in the air.