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The New Yahoo! Search

The New Yahoo! Search

Yahoo! Search has a new look as of September 22, 2009. Seems they have decided to go for a sleeker look.

New Yahoo! Search screen

The official announcement on the Yahoo! Search Blog says:

“Today, we are launching an all-new Yahoo! Search experience that makes search more personally relevant. We tested the changes in August with a percentage of users, and now the new page is available to everyone. The new page is designed to help you easily find and explore the things that matter most to you. The Yahoo! Search team is delighted to demonstrate our commitment to innovate in search technology and deliver an amazing user experience….”

Welcome to the New Yahoo! Search

Yahoo! Advanced Web Search

Clicking the Advanced Search link under options takes you to a full page of choices to refine your search.

There is a new feature:

  • Creative Commons Search (in Beta as of this writing)

    Limit your search to content with a Creative Commons license

New Yahoo! Search Key Features

  • Intelligent Search Results

    Enhanced product, local, entertainment, reference, social, and tech sites results.

  • Feature-Rich Experience

    Search Scan/SafeSearch (viruses, spyware, and spam protection) and Search Pad (track sites and make notes)

  • Search Assist Expansion

    Query assistance available below the search box and in a column on the left.

Searching with the New Yahoo! Search Interface

As you type your search the search box has a list of suggestions appear the box to help you with suggestions of popular phrases/searches.

On the search results page there’s 3 columns:

  • On the left, the Query assistance column.

    Hmm, when searching for web page mistakes there’s an option to search GeoCities. Yahoo! decided to close GeoCities. Guess that’s just a glitch until they empty the GeoCities section in October.

  • In the center are the search results.

    If you have the StumbleUpon toolbar installed, the ratings for the sites in the results are shown.

  • On the right is a column for sponsored links.

    These vary, depending on your search query.

Going back up to the top of the screen, you have a choice to search:

  • Web
  • Images – Yahoo! Image Search
  • Video – Yahoo! Video Search
  • Local – Yahoo! Local
  • Shopping – Yahoo! Shopping
  • More
    • Answers – Yahoo! Answers
    • Directory – Yahoo! Directory
    • Jobs – Yahoo! hotjobs
    • News – Yahoo! News
    • Sports – Yahoo! Sports
    • All Search Services – Yahoo!’s Search with list of all their services which can be searched.

Looks like Yahoo! has made some changes for the good. We’ll post more as we try out each feature.

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One Response to “ The New Yahoo! Search ”

  1. The new yahoo page is much improved. the layout is better. Their mail page is better. only con is if you have a blind old mom & dad with like their resolution super low…site becomes a real pain at that point. But other than that…great. The Bing site is also so much better than old msn thing. Microsoft may actually have a decent branding scheme going this time around!

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