Along with other search-oriented services, Excite and NBCi also cut staff in January.
Excite@Home, which runs the Excite web site in addition to offering broadband Internet access and other services, laid off 250 people and retains about 2,750 on payroll. In terms of search, the layoffs had the most impact on Excite's directory listings, rather than its web wide crawling.
Though Excite has taken LookSmart's directory feed since August 1999, the company has always tried to massage the listings into category organizations it preferred. Those days are done, because the people responsible for this were let go in the recent layoffs, Excite says.
In addition, those layoffs caused some delays in Excite getting the latest version of the LookSmart information online at Excite. The company expects that its data should be refreshed in the near future. Ordinarily, the LookSmart data should be refreshed at least every two weeks, Excite says.
As for NBCi, it cut 150 jobs throughout the company, in January.
Excite@Home lays off 8 percent of staff
News.com, Jan. 23, 2001
More details on the Excite cuts.
NBCi Cuts Workforce
InternetNews.com, Jan. 18, 2001
More details on the NBCi cuts.