Yahoo Testing A Google Knowledge Graph Lookalike In Search Results

yahoo-logo-600 One of Yahoo's latest search results tests should look awfully familiar. The website All Google Testing discovered a test that turns the right column of Yahoo's search results page into a dead ringer for Google's Knowledge Graph. The post even offers some instructions on how to enable the test in your own browser, but I wasn't able to get it working myself last night. Thankfully, this video shows the test in action. Each of the tech company examples included in the video has a section on Yahoo called "Top Products" -- that's different from Google when I look at the real Knowledge [...]


Google Search Share Stable, Bing Growth Continues At Yahoo’s Expense

us-map-bing-google-yahoo-featured In February, Google controlled 67.5 percent of US search query volume, according to comScore. Bing had 18.4 percent and Yahoo, 10.3 percent. These numbers were essentially unchanged from last month. Compared with a year ago, Bing's share has grown and Yahoo's declined. In February 2013, Google had an identical 67.5 percent of queries while Bing had 16.7 percent, and Yahoo had 11.6 percent. A year before that, Google controlled 66.4 percent of queries, Bing 15.3 percent and Yahoo 13.8 percent. In terms of their "search alliance" Yahoo and Bing have not grown their collective share at [...]


Yahoo Goes Live With Yelp Local Reviews

yahoo-featured Last month the Wall Street Journal reported that Yelp reviews were being integrated into Yahoo search results. This morning Yahoo formally announced the partnership: Now when you use Yahoo Search to look up a local business in the U.S. on your smartphone, tablet, or PC, you’ll see user reviews, business information, and star ratings from Yelp. We’ve also added a new photo viewing experience to show high-quality photos from Yelp, other partners, and the businesses themselves. The information is equally available from Yahoo Search and Maps. When you click on "read all  . . .  reviews" or [...]


Yahoo Search App Gets iOS 7 Design Upgrade & More

yahoo-search-app Yahoo has pushed out a new update to their iOS Yahoo Search app in the Apple App Store. The new update is version 3.0 and touts a new minimalistic design to match the iOS 7 design themes. Yahoo said in the release notes: New minimalist design puts the focus on your results so you can get the information you need in a snap. The app let's you search over SSL, which Yahoo switched to on their web search back in January. Here are some screen shots of the new design: [...]


Yahoo Rolling Out Indoor Maps (via Nokia)

Yahoo indoor maps Yahoo has started to integrate indoor maps into its newly upgraded mapping product. Even though Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer didn't want to go head to head with Google in "local" (read: maps), Yahoo has been improving its mapping and local search user experiences of late. The inclusion of venue maps comes courtesy of Nokia's Here division. Yahoo isn't creating these maps itself; Nokia has been collecting and mapping venues in different categories for a number of years and now has coverage in 45 countries, with more than 1,000 venues being added monthly according to the company. Nonetheless, i [...]


Yahoo Gives $10 Million To Help Develop Next-Gen Siri And Better “Contextual Search”

yahoo-featured Several years ago, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, as a then Google employee, spoke about the perfect search engine that could anticipate your needs and which wouldn't require any keywords to deliver results. We're rapidly moving toward searchless content discovery with Siri, Google Now, IBM's Watson, Nuance's Nina, Expect Labs and other "intelligent assistants." Artificial intelligence-powered intelligent assistants (or personal virtual assistants, if you prefer) don't entirely replace keywords in query boxes. However, they represent a successor technology and way to accomplish many of the thin [...]


Yahoo Turns To Yelp To Beef Up Local Search

Yahoo-Yelp deal According to a report appearing today in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Yahoo will be incorporating local content and listings from Yelp into its main search results. As the article points out, Yelp has a similar deal with Microsoft-Bing and, of course, with Apple (maps). Yelp has an API that permits third parties to use a portion of its reviews and local listings content. The Bing deal, announced in June of last year, is a more elaborate version of that with a deeper integration. Below is a screenshot of how Yelp content is shown in Bing search results today: Yahoo has recently sta [...]


Update: “When Do The Olympics Opening Ceremonies Start?” Now You CAN Ask Yahoo

yahoo-purple-y-logo Yesterday, I wrote about my search experience in trying to find out when the Olympics Opening Ceremonies will take place and when they'll air in the U.S. That post was titled “When Do The Olympics Opening Ceremonies Start?” Whatever You Do, Don’t Ask Yahoo. An update is in order. Today, I discovered that Yahoo has inserted a version of what it calls a Search Shortcut that displays not only the live start time but the TV broadcast time at the top of the search results. Yahoo now provides more information about the ceremonies than Google's knowledge box, which includes just the live [...]


“When Do The Olympics Opening Ceremonies Start?” Search Engines Compete To Answer

olympic-rings-featured Who knew a simple question would be so hard to answer? Yesterday I searched across all three engines to find out more about the Olympic opening ceremonies and when they start. I quickly discovered that the official website of NBC, which is broadcasting the games in the U.S., had nothing about the ceremonies or when they'll air in the States.  So back to the search engines I went, chronicling my odd experiences along the way. Oh, and to cut the suspense, the Opening Ceremonies happen at 12:14pm ET on Friday, Feb. 7, although in the US, NBC won't broadcast them live, going with a recording 7 [...]


Where Yahoo Might Again Compete In Search: Mobile

yahoo-mobile-phone-featured Kara Swisher on Friday broke the news that Yahoo was working on two internal (no longer) secret initiatives to get Yahoo back into organic and potentially paid search and thereby separate from Microsoft. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been critical of the Search Alliance with Bing and its impact on her company. The Search Alliance deal, negotiated by Mayer's predecessor Carol Bartz -- Scott Thompson is like the William Henry Harrison of Yahoo -- is pretty much a failure for Yahoo. It has benefited Microsoft and helped Bing to grow share, but mostly at Yahoo's expense. Google has essentially be [...]


Yahoo Adds Local Business Snapshots Next To Search Results

yahoo-y-logo-2013 You're gonna say to yourself, "That looks a lot like Google's local search results." I'm talking about the latest interface change that Yahoo has announced: the display of local business information alongside search results. The local business info includes basic business information, photos, hours of operation and some data specific to the business type -- i.e., restaurant listings may show "Menu" and "Reservations" links. Yahoo's announcement says the idea is to "make it easier to get the essential facts for any business in the U.S. right on the search results page." The business [...]


An Easy Way To Check What Referrer Data Google, Bing Or Yahoo Pass To Your Secure Site

secure With the three major search engines migrating their default searches to secure search, over SSL/HTTPS, marketers and webmasters want to know what referrer and analytics data will be passed to them and what won't. The majority of Google is secure search, Yahoo yesterday defaulted all searches to be conducted over SSL, and Bing is currently testing SSL search for those who opt in. Testing Referrer Data From HTTPS Search To HTTP URL The default protocol for passing referrer from an HTTPS URL to a non HTTPS URL is to not pass any referrer data at all. Both Yahoo and Bing comply with that, whi [...]


Yahoo Search Goes Secure, Taking Referrer Data — An Indicator Of Yahoo’s Popularity — With It

yahoo-featured By default, searches on Yahoo.com are now done through a secure server. That means more protection for searchers but less data for search marketers about how they are receiving traffic. Most visits from Yahoo done via search will appear as if someone came to a site directly. As a result, Yahoo's apparent popularity as a traffic driving source will appear to plunge. Yahoo also has left a loophole to keep sending search data to advertisers. Yahoo Makes Secure Search The Default is our story on Marketing Land with more details about the shift. In summary, it's still rolling out and by M [...]


Yahoo’s Year In Review Includes Top Searches For 2013 & First Ever Posting Of Top Tumblr Trends

yahoo-featured Yahoo has assembled an impressive list of search trends for 2013, covering 38 different "Top Searched" lists on everything from top searches overall to top searched cookies (yes, the ones you eat). For the first time ever, Yahoo included top trends on Tumblr in its year in review, highlighting the most viral blogs on Tumblr, along with new and notable blogs, and the top ten Tumblr fashion trends. Last year, Yahoo says the election season greatly impacted its top searches, but the most popular searches for 2013 revolved around celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and S [...]


A Round Up Of Today’s Thanksgiving Themed Search Engine Homepages & Logos

Google Thanksgiving logo 2013 While's Google's Thanksgiving Day logo may have the best music, it's not the only site to celebrate the holiday. Here's a quick round up of Thanksgiving themed homepages and logos from a few popular search engines: Bing's Homepage: Yahoo Thanksgiving Logo: Ask.com: Dogpile: Google's Homepage and Video of Its Thanksgiving Day Song: [youtube width="560" height="315"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGspoOoK69s#t=40[/youtube] [...]


Yahoo’s Most Recent Homepage Updates Roll Out In Select European Countries & South Africa

yahoo-logo-2013-clean Launched last February in the US, Yahoo has rolled out its new homepage in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Ireland and South Africa. According to the announcement posted on Yahoo's UK blog, the new homepage will display consistently across desktop, mobile and tablet devices. Yahoo says the new homepage is both "functional and intuitive" with a real-time news feed, a "save for later" feature, and topic highlights that can be customized by the user. The site boasts a "cleaner design that's easy to navigate" with more information in less space. Here are two snapshots of Yahoo's home [...]


Yahoo Search Tests Images On Right Side Of Search Results

yahoo-logo-2013-clean Yahoo is testing a new user interface for the Yahoo Search results. Rubén reports Yahoo is showing large images on the right hand side panel of the search results for some queries. For example, here is a screen shot of a search for [windows 8] on Yahoo, showing images on the right side of the page: Rubén created a video of this in action: For more details on how to see this yourself, see the All Google Testing blog. Plus, for more tests by Yahoo, see our Yahoo User Interface section. [...]


Yahoo-Microsoft Search Tensions On Public Display In Court Ruling

Microsoft has essentially had to sue Yahoo to get the company to fully comply with the terms of their 2010 "Search Alliance" agreement. Yahoo under Marissa Mayer had sought to delay rollouts of Bing search results in Taiwan and Hong Kong, awaiting a new Microsoft CEO. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer resigned ahead of schedule under board pressure because of a growing sense that Microsoft's core businesses were increasingly under siege and the company wasn't making sufficient headway. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is arguably the leading candidate to succeed Ballmer. Regarding the Bing rollou [...]


Yahoo’s Mayer: “Our Search Share Has Declined” But She’s Optimistic About Opportunities

yahoo-purple-y-logo Yahoo is making progress in a number of product areas under CEO Marissa Mayer, but search isn't one of them -- a fact that Mayer herself admitted during today's Q3 earnings call. Yahoo's US share of the search market was just 11.3 percent in September, according to just-released comScore numbers -- that ties Yahoo's all-time low set back in July. On the conference call today, Mayer essentially stated the obvious about Yahoo's position in search: "It is true that, over the past several years, our search share has declined. In terms of the search alliance, we're trading share with Microso [...]


New Disconnect Tool Enables Private Searches Without Logging Out Of Online Accounts

Disconnect Logo_Oct2013 Online security software provider Disconnect launched their latest search tool, Disconnect Search this week. According to the announcement, Disconnect Search allows users to perform private searches on sites like Google, Yahoo and Bing via their address bar or omnibox, "without having to change their behavior." Disconnect says their new tool routes search queries through the company's servers, making it appear as if the queries are, "coming from Disconnect instead of a specific user's computer." Disconnect's technology also prevents search engines from passing along keywords to the websites [...]


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