The Search Engine Report, Jan. 7, 2003
Terra Lycos has been saying for ages that the HotBot site was slated for desperately-needed improvements, and now they've come. And what a welcome change they are! In one spot, you can now query the important crawler-based results of FAST/AllTheWeb.com, Google, Inktomi and Teoma. Sadly, you can't meta search all at the same time. Chris Sherman has an in-depth look in the SearchDay article below, and I've also included some other views on the changes.
HotBot is Hot Once Again
SearchDay, Dec. 17, 2002
HotBot has been redesigned for the power searcher, delivering, speed, control, and a unified interface to four of the web's best search engines.
Research expert Gary Price takes a look at the changes at HotBot.
HotBot Redesign: Four Search Engines in One
Boston.internet.com, Dec. 16, 2002
Terra Lycos plans to promote HotBot through a multi-million dollar ad campaign. As for this article calling Google the pioneer of the "bare look," that credit really belongs more to AltaVista. It sported a "clean" look before Google existed but dropped that look when it aimed to be a portal.
More about the HotBot ad campaign.