It’s a start.
It’s a start.
I’m way behind in blogging due to a disastrous week – connectivity-wise that is.
I did see that while I was out of the office, Yahoo posted blogging guidelines internally (Jeremy posted them also.) I’d heard that there was a team working on guidelines. Now that they are published, I don’t see anything surprising or non-obvious, which I suppose is a good thing.
You know how you try to do some research on the Web, and when you type in a term on your favorite search engine, you get a ton of links related to buying stuff? Bleh.
Totally randomly, I stumbled across Yahoo! Mindset, a demo from Yahoo Research Labs. It uses machine learning applied to the problem of text classification.
Check it out:
Notice how each search term has a little colored bar that tells you if the link is considered more shopping oriented, or research oriented. And you can twiddle the slider to re-rank the results, without a page reload. Sweet.
There’s a FAQ too.
Is it just me or does this seem crazy? Perhaps all the auto-resize magic happens in the IE plugin, which is how you can dump 300 vacation photos into your mail all at once. But how about some Firefox love?
Yeah yeah, it’s beta.
David W. Boles apparently prefers Yahoo! Sponsored Search.
I wonder how many people have done a comparison?
I think that Yahoo is definitely gaining ground or maybe has already surpassed Google. Consider this example: Google lists 1 other website on the entire web that links to me. Yahoo lists 422. There’s a link in the Yahoo results that points to a comment I made on another blog just a couple of days ago. Yahoo’s index seems to just be much deeper and more frequently updated.
Check out the John Battelle posting comparing the Yahoo! Search and Google visions and missions.
I particularly liked the Y! Search “FUSE” (for Find, Use, Share, and Expand) – it nicely sums up the attitude at the search team, but also infuses (ha!) a lot of the thinking at Y!.