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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Amazon Is Shutting Down “Alexa Web Search”

The Alexa Web Search is a web service from Amazon that offers programmatic access to Alexa’s web search engine. Amazon started this service somewhere in 2006. They decided to shut down this service. Service is not available to new customer as of November 26, 2008.

Below is a message they placed on their website:

“The Alexa Web Search web service provides programmatic access to Alexa’s web search engine. The service has been deprecated and is no longer available for new subscriptions. The resources below are available for existing users of the service.”

Below is a copy of an email that they sent :

Dear Alexa Developer,

The Alexa Web Search service will no longer be available to new customers as of November 26, 2008. Use of the service is low, so we are shifting our priorities to other areas where we can provide better service to AWS customers.

The Alexa Web Search service will continue to be operational for 60 days until January 26, 2009. The ProgrammableWeb website offers a list of web services that provide web search.

We apologize for the inconvenience to you.

Thank you,

The Alexa Web Services Team

1 comment:

Martin said...

The journey of Alexa- The Web Information Company has never been a smooth one. Alexa that has been in the scenario almost from the start of the Web had seen immense growth and popularity and then a pretty morbid phase. However, it went back to the drawing board and sketched out new ways to pull back the company to steadiness. Several new innovations and changes have been made to Alexa since the time of its inception partly to stay in sync with the changing times and demands and partly to combat its competitors. As for example, till some time back the popularity of various websites was measured by the data collected from the users of the Alexa toolbar. However, the company went for a change in April 2008. Today other factors, apart from the Alexa toolbar, are also taken into account to determine the popularity and traffic of a given website. However, the point to ponder is that the “other sources” that are determinant of a websites Alexa rankings are not clearly cut out. They are vague and misty. Nevertheless, Alexa is still one of the most credible and powerful players of the web.