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Amazon OpenSearch syndicates vertical search

     

tedster

11:05 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This looks like it has real potential to grow some legs. The technology is an extension of RSS 2.0.

Any site that has content—and a search box—can choose to return results in OpenSearch RSS. This includes travel sites, classifieds, encyclopedias…. If you can provide search results for something, it probably can fit into the OpenSearch model...the format is the standard set of XML elements, plus three additional elements designed to support navigation between pages.

[opensearch.a9.com...]

A9.com, the search unit of online retailer Amazon, on Wednesday unveiled OpenSearch, a protocol for content publishers to repurpose search listings for their own design. The system would allow a legal Web site to display a top list of legal resources, for example. Or a chess aficionado Web site could show search results for new chess games online.

[news.com.com...]

eurotrash

2:03 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I noticed this yesterday. This has amazing possibilities for both good and bad purposes. When you combine it with Google's new local search [webmasterworld.com] initiative, it looks as though there will be an awful lot of content being unearthed.

Brett_Tabke

2:53 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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[eweek.com...]

Dubbing the concept OpenSearch, Bezos said that A9.com launched the feature so users can eventually select among thousands of vertical search options and manage them through the search columns that appear on the right-side of A9.com's interface.

houseofsecrets

5:25 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Dubbing the concept OpenSearch, Bezos said that A9.com launched the feature so users can eventually select among thousands of vertical search options and manage them through the search columns that appear on the right-side of A9.com's interface.

Which is fine, since OpenSearch looks pretty easy to implement. OpenSearch is a much more interesting idea if used on a wider scale than just A9 user preferences.

 

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