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    After news a few weeks ago that Go (Infoseek) is to drop the Go Guides directory, Go has now joined the Pay Per Click club with search results pulled from GoTo.

    Great news if you can afford the 5c minimum bid, but traffic from Go has dwindled over the past months.
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    I read Go.com was going to fold all-together?

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    Everything over at go.com seems to have gone downhill ever since they got rid of the old Infoseek search engine.

    I personally stopped using them when they introduced that new design which split the search results into the go directory and other results, and also made the right hand part of the search results pages just for advertisements and other stuff you wern't interested in.
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    Originally posted by Justin S
    I read Go.com was going to fold all-together?
    I read the same thing, heres a quote from the article

    "Disney is shutting down GO.com, the portal site it's been running since January 1999. Formed from the assets of Infoseek and Starwave, GO.com has floundered since its inception, seeking desperately to find a niche. In January 2000 GO.com changed focus to "entertainment and leisure" in an effort to distance itself from other portals.

    And now it's going bust, laying off 400 workers, taking a noncash write-off of $790 million, and taking a hit of between $25 and $50 million in other expenses. That's one big boom for a dot-bomb"

    Sounds pretty terminal to me......

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    I am sure if they kept it as plain old Infoseek and tried to offer something different, or did something better, they may be still going well. This seems to be what most of the others like Google are doing.

    Oh well, only the strong will survive I guess.
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    Hi,

    I read that they were shutting down, however, I was/am a member there and when they sent out there little newsletter, it said something about how they would continue to run the GOMail and other services. But the actual "portal" was shutting down.

    It still is part of the go network. If they shut it down, it would really hurt the other sites such as espn and abc. Simply because they advertised "go.com" and the "GO Network" so much in the past.

    They will keep the member services going, but it won't grow at all.


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    Originally posted by emcgill
    Hi,

    It still is part of the go network. If they shut it down, it would really hurt the other sites such as espn and abc. Simply because they advertised "go.com" and the "GO Network" so much in the past.
    Eric McGill
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    I think go has suffered such a huge decline in traffic levels over the last 18 months that Disney don't believe its worth any further investment.

    In my view when they purchased infoseek, they should have kept the brand and developed the existing technology.

    As part of their agreement they obtained all copyrights to the infoseek name. Then what did they do? Repointed the URL, and binned the brand! That strategy really paid off.....

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