How well would a food search engine work on the Web? One that let you search for meals available at local restaurants, or through recipes, or at local markets where you could find the ingredients to make your meal? What if it provided information about each dish based upon flavors such as saltiness or bitterness, … Read more Yahoo Cooking with Gas: Food Search on the Web
My original title for this post was, “The Yahoo Site Explorer Patent Application,” because the post is about a new patent application from Yahoo that describes some of the information that they would like to receive from webmasters to make their efforts towards indexing the web easier. The majority of this post does describe what … Read more Site Explorer is a First Step: How Could Yahoo be Friendlier to Site Owners?
The amount of pages on the Web that a search engine could try to index is extremely large, and the approaches that search engines attempt to use to index and rank those pages is mostly an automated effort, but that doesn’t mean that the search engines don’t have people take a look at search results, … Read more How a Search Engine Might Use a Searcher’s Knowledge, Interests, and Education to Rerank and Validate Search Results
When you do a search for some terms over at Google, you might get a mix of results from different types of searches, including Web pages, news stories, images, videos, book listings, and others. That mix of results is known as Universal Search. While we’ve been seeing results like this for over a year, we … Read more How Google Universal Search and Blended Results May Work
Blending images, video, and news intelligently into search results could be a valuable way of quickly informing searchers about the different concepts associated with a search phrase. For example, if someone searches for the word “Jaguar,” a search engine often shows a large number of results with pages mixed together, about an animal, a car, … Read more Move Over Universal Search, Illustrated Search Is Smarter?