Yes, search is also much improved over search.cpan.org, but it's the browsing experience improvements (and rapid development of new features) that have won me over. metacpan is a much nicer module and code browsing experience.
in reply to Re^3: metacpan link shortcut? (both)
in thread metacpan link shortcut?
metacpan has sponsors for hosting, bandwidth, and DNS. So it is, at the least, not running on someone's personal machine. The project has had 57 individual contributors. I hope this bodes well for it staying around to the level of "permanence."