Search Engine Milestones for May 2003

The month in review: abstracts from selected press releases and announcements made during the prior month related to web search and search engine marketing.

The links and descriptions below are from official press releases, and may contain marketing hyperbole, claims or euphemisms not necessarily endorsed by Search Engine Watch.

May 5

Google Named Top 5 Business-To-Business Media Property
Google today announced it has advanced to third place in the Media Power 50, an annual review of the most powerful and targeted business-to-business advertising outlets published by BtoB, a leading national marketing publication.

May 6

Espotting Media And Exhibitions.Com Strike Pan-European Marketing Deal
The offline world is being mirrored online. It is traditional for offline exhibitions to partner with media owners to market their events. Now the same premise is coming to the Web, through a pan-European deal between Espotting Media and

May 8

Overture Reports Continued Progress On Growth Initiatives At 2003 Analyst Day
Overture Services, Inc. today reported at its 2003 meeting with financial analysts that the company remains focused on enhancements to its core paid search service, the development of additional search products for syndication to advertisers and distribution partners, and expansion of its international business.

Yahoo And Sprint Make Suite Of Yahoo Services Available To Pcs Vision Subscribers Nationwide
Beginning today, Yahoo and Sprint will make a number of enhanced Yahoo services, with richer graphics and enhanced usability, available to PCS Vision subscribers.

May 13

Dealtime And Epinions Successfully Complete Merger
DealTime, the shopping search engine, today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Epinions, the online consumer reviews and ratings platform. The combined brands rank as the fifth largest online shopping destination.

May 21

Espotting And Kelkoo Expand Deal To Cover 4 European Territories
Espotting Media has expanded its contextual advertising deal with European shopping search engine Kelkoo, to cover a total of 30 channels in 4 European territories – UK, France, Germany and Spain.

Overture Launches in Italy
Overture Services, Inc. today announced the official launch of its Pay-For-Performance search service in Italy. Overture’s other non-U.S. business operations include headquarters in Ireland and operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan and South Korea.

May 28

Ask Jeeves to Focus Exclusively on Web-wide Search Business with Sale of Enterprise Search Division
Ask Jeeves, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement under which Kanisa, Inc. will acquire Jeeves Solutions, the enterprise software division of Ask Jeeves.

May 29

Metasearch Engine First To Connect To Over 1000 Online Engines
London based search engine, Turbo10 unveiled technology connecting to over 1000 topic-specific engines on the Internet at The Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference in Budapest last week.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication’s search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Rogue AOL Subsidiary Leader to Resign
New York Times Jun 4 2003 6:32AM GMT
Profile of Google In-House Counsel
BeSpacific Jun 4 2003 5:29AM GMT
The Myth of ‘Guaranteed #1 Ranking’ in Search Engine Marketing
ISEDB Jun 4 2003 4:22AM GMT
ValueClick Buys Search123 Jun 4 2003 4:07AM GMT
Factiva Enhances its Web Service API and German Content Offering
EContent Jun 4 2003 4:02AM GMT
AOL Canada inks deal with Google
CNET Jun 4 2003 1:15AM GMT
Yahoo urges govt to form anti-spam laws
ninemsn Jun 3 2003 11:30PM GMT
Infoseek and Lycos to unite portals
Japan Times Jun 3 2003 4:45PM GMT
As Internet publishing flourishes, legal systems struggle
IHT Jun 2 2003 10:03PM GMT
Clock Ticks for Netscape and MSN
Wired News Jun 2 2003 7:52PM GMT
Judge ends search suit against Google
ZDNet Jun 2 2003 5:46PM GMT
Sprinks Inks Deal Ad Deal With AOL
Technology Marketing Jun 2 2003 4:03PM GMT
Google looks for new ideas as much as profits
Seattle Times Jun 2 2003 1:22PM GMT
Behind the AOL/Microsoft deal
MSNBC Jun 1 2003 5:46PM GMT
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