I've been messing around with A9, Amazon's search engine project. It integrates search inside the book, Alexa and the recommendation engine on Amazon so you can find web pages and Amazon will recommend other sites that you might like. Considering how "meta data savvy" Amazon is and how easily they can connect search to their core business, I can see A9 giving Google a pretty good run for their money.

Here's the "joi.ito.com" on Amazon. I'm not sure whether I like the fact that they list my address and phone number. Also, I find the data on Alexa a bit sketchy. The traffic chart for my site is very noisy and doesn't track my actual traffic logs and it says my site is "very slow". (It isn't THAT slow is it?) I hope that Alexa gets better now that it's integrated into Amazon. On more famous sites like Boing Boing, they have ratings and reviews.

Christian Lindholm has some good thoughts on A9 on his blog.

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A9 lets you change all the information about your blog, but I'm not sure how fast the changes show up.

This site is kinda slow, even with a broadband connection. The part that takes longest to load is the Random Faceroll. Maybe you could create a site without the moblog, conferences & events, andfaceroll pictures so it's easier to navigate.

yeah, the contact information is a little worrisome, but you can remove it easily enough.

What would really make business sense it's an integration not only with their book business, but with everything else on their site.
You do a search on James Bond? You find all the relevant sites according to Google, and then by clicking on other windows you can see all the DVD, games etc. on sale at Amazon. The same for lawnmovers, toys ecc. ecc.

The page you linked to is just the Alexa page; it's not a new feature of A9. The search results for A9 are just Google (with the safe search turned on). Try a side-by-side search with Google. As for the contact information, that's an Alexa feature too, and you (or somebody impersonating you) needs to submit it: are you sure you didn't do this?

Peevey, you're right. It is just the Alexa page. The contact info is probably from the old whois information from Internic.

Don't forget that Alexa is an Amazon company.

Also, regarding choppy traffic graphs - the traffic shown is relative to other web sites they monitor, not absolute.

From here (Zuerich, Switzerland) it takes about 3-5 seconds for the webserver to respond, after that it builds the page about the same "speed" (2MB Broadband, Cable). Pretty slow indeed, but always worth the wait! Best to you, Alain.

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