Monday, September 20, 2004

A9.com

I'm test-driving Amazon's new search engine, A9.com, replacing - at least for the moment - Google as my default home page. I noticed trying a vanity search for "Fred Bals" over the weekend that A9 gave fresher results than Google, but the Google database has now been updated and they seem in synch.

I like the A9 "bookmarks" feature a lot. Haven't really explored the other features enough to form an opinion yet. Fwiw, for Amazon users:

"[User name], since you’ve been using A9.com recently, virtually everything at Amazon.com is automatically an additional p/2% (1.57%) off for you. Collecting this discount is zero effort on your part. It will be applied automatically at checkout (it will happen whether you use the shopping cart or our 1-Click Shopping®). You don’t need to do anything to get this discount except keep using A9.com as your regular search engine.

We don’t advertise this additional discount that we give in exchange for using A9.com, so if you want your friends to know about it, please tell them. It is probably the only way they’ll find out. All they have to do is use A9.com as their regular search engine. They should make sure they are signed in to A9.com (it should be recognizing them by name) so that we can be certain they get credit for their visit."


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