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Bots are Online Users?

#1 Post by noeinan » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:36 am

I was just curious, since I was looking at who was online and it appears there are no less than four bots. O.o Google, Yahoo, Bing, and one that looks like a username. Anyone know what's up with that? (They're all labeled [Bot], too...)
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#2 Post by TheTraveler » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:49 am

Bots, or "spiders" as we used to call them in the good 'ol days, are used to keep information updated in search engines, Google, Yahoo and Bing being the largest currently. The Majestic-12 is a fairly new bot, originating in the UK. Interestingly, the Majestic folks aim to produce the largest search engine in the world. I doubt Google has any immediate worries though.

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#3 Post by Cobweb » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:36 am

TheTraveler wrote:Bots, or "spiders" as we used to call them in the good 'ol days,
I object to this! Bots coming in, slandering our good spider name!

But, seriously, that's interesting. I never knew the purpose of bots before now so I'm glad you asked the question, Dai! :mrgreen:
Quite possibly a spider.

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Re: Bots are Online Users?

#4 Post by noeinan » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:56 pm

TheTraveler wrote:Bots, or "spiders" as we used to call them in the good 'ol days, are used to keep information updated in search engines, Google, Yahoo and Bing being the largest currently. The Majestic-12 is a fairly new bot, originating in the UK. Interestingly, the Majestic folks aim to produce the largest search engine in the world. I doubt Google has any immediate worries though.

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Ah, I see. Thanks for the info!
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