Scoble stopped patting himself on the back over the anti-discrimination imbrogolio long enough to ask an interesting question:
That gets me back to something else I've been thinking about. How do you rate search engine quality?
But, it is pretty interesting that all three engines have as a #1 result something I wrote on Saturday (although you'll see MSN biases against blogs). I remember the days back in 1996 when I tried for more than a year to get Yahoo to list a site of mine, and even Altavista used to take more than a month to list new information.
He's right about the engines picking stuff up faster, that's for sure. There's been some level of pressure on Google (et. al.) at the bleeding edge from blog specific engines (Feedster, blogdigger, etc.). That's helped push them towards getting new stuff up faster.
I'm still kind of amazed at how few refs I see to msn searches on this server though. My referer lists are full of Google, and always have a few Yahoo requests. There's almost never an MSN request though. Very few of my readers are using MS' search engine, that's for sure. As to why that is, I suspect that it's related to the high usage of Mozilla I see. Firefox comes with a Google search field right in the toolbar, which means that I rarely bother with any other search engine. My guess is that most other Firefox users follow the same usage patterns.
It's amusingly ironic, seeing MS beaten at its own embedding game that way.