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GTE SuperPages.com Plans Immense Shopping Database

GTE SuperPages.com, an online shopping destination and Yellow Pages site, said it is building a searchable database of ALL the products for sale on the Web.

To begin building the database, GTE recently released several "spiders" onto the Internet. Those spiders are currently searching the Internet for all e-commerce-enabled sites and indexing the products for sale on those sites, the company said.

Using advanced patent-pending classification technology from GTE Laboratories, GTE Directories Corp. is building the database, which will be the foundation of SuperPages.com's new shopping engine.

The shopping engine, which will be featured in the redesigned SuperPages.com site available at the end of June, "will allow consumers for the first time to obtain a complete list of the online storefronts that sell specifically what they are looking for," the company said.

Instead of searching all sites on the Web, GTE's shopping engine retrieves information from online shopping sites, allowing consumers to quickly locate online merchants that sell a particular product without having to wade through a large number of irrelevant and confusing links.

"If there is a product out there for sale, our shopping spiders will find it -- no matter who is selling it," said Earl A. Goode, president of GTE Directories. "SuperPages.com will change the online shopping experience by offering an immediate and complete list of online merchants that is tailored to meet the user's specific needs."

SuperPages.com says it currently receives over 4.5 million visits per month and conducts more than 12 million Yellow Pages searches per month.



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