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Yahoo is making a meal of the "first-of-its-kind" claim (see [next.yahoo.com...] ).
Y!Q is the first-of-its-kind contextual search technology that analyzes the contents of the Web page you're viewing and then gives you a list of search results directly related to what you're reading. (Learn more about how Y!Q works.)
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 12:06 pm (utc) on Feb. 3, 2005]
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The description of this thing on the page is fairly difficult to understand. How is the average user going to understand this stuff?
Or is this like the a Teoma "drill down" list?
Either way, it appears to require YATB (yet another tool bar) to work.
Or is it a more robust version of the "related pages" feature which Google currently has?
Or am I completely missing the capabilities of this new feature?
The company, which has released the service in a test format, said it is making the coding available to Web designers to embed in their sites, so that the tool can search their pages.
Anyone got any idea of what that is or what it does exactly?
<edit>Sorry... reading up on it now in Y.</edit>
And, let's face it, if WW'ers like us are confused, how's Y!'s core audience gonna react?
Chalk another one up for Google. For all the company's faults, at least most of their new services are pretty straightforward and easy to grasp from the get-go :).
It's a CSS popup with related searches for key terms in your document.
You define a "context" (like a div snippet about a current event or something), put a form button on it, and it gives you search results for that "context".
Look at an example here: [test.news.yahoo.com...] - Those "search related info" buttons takes the text from the proceding news div and does a related search on it.
Sweet Yahoo. That's really cool. I can see using this all over in internal documents.
No Toolbar Required
If you are any other type of site, why would you display SERPS on top of your content that leads to another site?
If I am selling Blue Widgets, and I pay or optimize for those eyeballs, why let them leave?
Unless I missed something, I dont see a use for this aside from simple content, hobby, and blog sites.