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Yahoo! Search is taking another step in extending the Yahoo! Open Strategy with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS, a web services platform that allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing the same infrastructure and technology that powers Yahoo! Search.
BOSS is a new, open platform that offers programmatic access to the entire Yahoo! Search index via an API. BOSS allows developers to take advantage of Yahoo!'s production search infrastructure and technology, combine that with their own unique assets, and create their own search experiences.
I know that you can have a Google search on your website, searching only your website, but it's branded Google and I believe it only works for pages which are already indexed with Google.
If it were so great more people would be using it. If only 20% of searches in US are conducted on Yahoo, something must be terribly wrong with it? Every time I search on Yahoo all I see is garbage.
Yahoo would be better off fixing its tech first.
Sounds like this API could make it easier for small sites to enter the search business, and reduce the use of Google's branded search functions, which would help reduce Google's market power, which would ultimately work to Yahoo's (and Microsoft's) advantage.
That would be consistent with these comments on Yahoo's site: "Our goal with BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is simple -- foster innovation in the search landscape. As anyone who follows the search industry knows, the barriers to successfully building a high quality, web-scale search engine are incredibly high.
...Our hope is that the resulting expansion in user choice will have the effect of fragmenting the increasingly consolidated search market in much the same way that cable TV dramatically increased programming choices for television viewers."
For BOSS, we see a virtuous circle in which partners deliver innovative search experiences, and as they grow their audiences and usage we have more data that can be used to improve our own Yahoo! Search experience and as a result, improve the quality of results our BOSS partners and their users get.
Everybody wants to know everything about me, what's up with that?
The only part I'm confused about is this -
You will include in the user interface of Your Offering: (i) a field or graphical area that accepts typed-in text (i.e., a “Search Box”) or (ii) words that are displayed in the form of hyperlinks, that generate a Query when clicked on or used by a user (a “Hyperlink”), which implements the Services (each such implementation, a “Link”) and allows You, after entry by an end user, to initiate a search query (“Query”) to the Services, in response to which Web Search Results are served from Yahoo!. You will not request Web Search Results by any means except such Links, and will not place Links or Web Search Results on any location except for the Your Offering.
It sounds to me like we can't make a page that is bookmarkable - IE having BOSS results show up at example.com/search?q=QUERY is a no-no because a results page could be bookmarked.