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Yahoo! Releases New Search Tool

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the yahoogle dept.

The Internet 146

rcrc writes "Yahoo! Research Labs has recently released a new search tool that gives the opportunity to the user to choose whether they are looking for informational sites, or shopping sites, based upon a slider bar. This tool is currently in beta and more information can be found in the FAQ." From the article: "With the slider in the middle position, only the default Yahoo! Search sort is used. When the slider is at either end, only the secondary commercial/non-commercial sort is used. But when the slider is anywhere in between, Yahoo! Mindset presents a blend of the two sorting systems."

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FP! (-1, Offtopic)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705458)

Posty!

Re:FP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705464)

(deekin) (at) (gmail.com)

Spammy!

#DD

Re:FP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705476)

Get your fucking hair cut, it looks like your mother fucked a monkey

senator frist can suck my psot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705462)

i believe i got the first psot

Re:senator frist can suck my psot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705544)

You probably also believe Google is not an evil company, Linux is a good server-OS, Linux is ready for the desktop, Java is fast, Ruby On Rails is a usable web-framework, Firefox is a fast and secure browser and Apple-computers have a reasonable price-value ratio.

Or, to make it short: you are a typical Slashbot-homosecksuall.

Re:senator frist can suck my psot (1)

deesine (722173) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705632)


Not taking your meds today?

Does this mean no paid positioning? (1)

stlhawkeye (868951) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705467)

If I slide this thing all the way to the right does it mean that there'll be no paid positioning search results?

Re:Does this mean no paid positioning? (1)

GabboFlabbo (595073) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706163)

The sponsor links at the top and on the right are unaffected by the slider.

Search for nvidia geforce with the slider full on research and the sponsors will always be "buy nvidia" shops. However, the search results were (from what I could tell) 100% reviews and such.

Pretty cool tool, surprised google didn't come out with this first!

Google old and busted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706472)

Yahoo, new hotness ...again.

yahoo! Next (2, Interesting)

anandpur (303114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705474)

Inside look at Yahoo! next
http://next.yahoo.com/ [yahoo.com] this one is cool http://farechase.yahoo.com/ [yahoo.com] try this http://movies.yahoo.com/recommendations/ [yahoo.com]

Re:yahoo! Next (1)

joeljkp (254783) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705602)

Wow, that movie recommendations one is really cool. I'm gonna have to bookmark that one...

Re:yahoo! Next (1)

SacredNaCl (545593) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705923)

A long time ago a similar service existed, "www.movierater.com", you would rate a mess of movies and it would give you the picks out on video and in theaters that you would likely like. I miss that one, it had pretty good accuracy.

The only thing I don't like about this one is that it is Yahoo doing it. They have too much presence and too much potential for data mining that the old single site I used to use didn't have.

Re:yahoo! Next (2, Insightful)

Council (514577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706380)

Instead of 'rating' they should offer you two movies and ask 'which do you prefer'. This is a much better way to do it -- you'll notice that all the movies average out to a 'B' rating. It's extremely difficult, for me at least, to rate movies on a simple absolute scale. I tried the Yahoo one, but then realized that I was just rating the vast majority of movies "decently good". Yet I can almost always tell you which of two movies I prefer.

Re:yahoo! Next (2, Insightful)

IAmTheDave (746256) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705707)

Yahoo is definately taking Google's approach to opening betas to the general population. I think it helps drive adoption by making users feel they're getting the inside scoop.

Nonetheless, cool stuff.

Re:yahoo! Next (1)

cjh79 (754103) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705969)

Yeah, except that your average user doesn't have any idea what beta means... I think they release things as beta so that if it doesn't work out, they can withdraw it without a fuss because "oh, it was only beta."

[SPOILER] Photoshop Lense Flare Plugin Warning!! (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706772)

The projector is rendered using a photoshop plugin on the front page of the Yahoo! Movies.

I only say this as some people have an aversion to that 35mm lense flare and can actually spasm and go into arrest when they see it. /spoiler

Seriously, I don't need a site like this, I just go and see ANY movie that my girlfriend says "I don't want to see that one, how about this one" where the 'this one' is DIRE SHIT, and the one she doesn't want to see has been directed by covering a camera in chocolate, and throwing it into a pit of lesbians, involves car chases, explosions, sex, as well as sex, in a car, while it is exploding!!1

girlfriend Audio pronunciation of "girlfriend" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (gûrlfrnd)
n.
1. A favored female companion or sweetheart.
2. A female friend.

w'side

Nice idea (3, Interesting)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705478)

I like this idea, assuming it will work. I hate it when I'm looking for drivers for something and all I can find are webites trying to sell me the item. But, I think those websties are putting keywords in there so my search will find them, what's to stop them from doing that so Yahoo's slider bar finds them when I slide it all the way to 'informational'?

Re:Nice idea (2, Interesting)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705511)

So yahoo.com is packed with garbage ads. Then this http://mindset.research.yahoo.com/ [yahoo.com] comes out looking mighty close to google.

Re:Nice idea (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705921)

Google is horrible with this as well! Searching for reviews on items will come back with a huge amount of generic ecommerce sites. It's really a pain in the ass.

Yahoo mindset actually does seem to give better content when pushed all the way to the information side. Kudos, Yahoo.

Re:Nice idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706097)

If you want to just search, why not use the search page? http://search.yahoo.com/ [yahoo.com] It's been there for years, you know.

Great idea, poor execution (2, Interesting)

xbsd (814561) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705607)

The idea is awesome and it's quite easy to understand, but the devil is in the execution. I know it's still in beta, but if you try, for example, "Linux" and choose 100% researching, it comes up with:

(56) Cooperative Linux. Open this result in new window Main site. Publications. Development. Search. All the web. Only www.colinux.org. References. What is coLinux. If Linux runs on every architecture, why should another operating system be in its way? " ... Cooperative Linux is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively ... colinux.org

(16) Linux BoxOpen this result in new window ... DebianDesktopDevelopmentDistributionFuture of LinuxGamingGeneral newsGentooGovernmentHardwareInterviewKernelLinux vs WindowsLinux.Box NewsletterMan of ... linux.box.sk

(25) Home - The Community's Center for SecurityOpen this result in new window ... If you want to set up a Linux-based firewall, there's no need to run a bloated distribution ... toward systematically auditing Windows and Linux device-driver code for flaws, security ... linuxsecurity.com

Which are not exactly what I would call useful research sites. Wikipedia [yahoo.com] comes in #4.

Re:Great idea, poor execution (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706466)

It's in beta. I'm sure that once it comes out of beta, it'll be as mind-blowing as Google News or Google Groups 2 or maybe even Orkut.

No thanks (-1)

Gentoo Fan (643403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705485)

If it involves installing 3rd party software locally then I'll stick with the plain web interface. Why can't they do this with DHTML?

Oops, my bad (1)

Gentoo Fan (643403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705512)

I was thinking it was a IE/Zilla plugin. D'oh!

Re:No thanks (1)

0xFCE2 (859134) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705531)

If it involves installing 3rd party software locally then I'll stick with the plain web interface. Why can't they do this with DHTML?
RTFA. It does work with DHTML.

Re:No thanks (1)

GweeDo (127172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705533)

Maybe you should try it before you speak? It is pure DHTML+Javascript. It actually uses AJAX to refresh the results when you slide the bar so it doesn't even have to reload the page to regenerate your new results. Pretty slick if you ask me...definitly interesting.

Not quite AJAX (1)

Hatfieldje (147296) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705630)

This isn't quite AJAX. As far as I've seen (looked through some of the js files), it doesn't ever use the X (XMLHttpRequest) to request new data. If you view the source, you'll see that they load all hundred results at once and then show you the top ten based on where you have the slider. What confuses me, however, is that to get to the rest of the results, you have to click on the links at the bottom of the page, which does go back to the server. Seems silly to me. They already have all the data there.

Re:No thanks (1)

I confirm I'm not a (720413) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705542)

If it involves installing 3rd party software locally then I'll stick with the plain web interface.

It doesn't.

Why can't they do this with DHTML?

They have.

We need a new acronym... for people who haven't Tried The Fine Web application ;-)

What happens if... (1)

wondergeek (220755) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705489)

you're researching shopping sites?

Re:What happens if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705668)

you're researching shopping sites?

Use google?

Users first, instead of corporations? (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705495)

It'll never make it out of beta.

Re:Users first, instead of corporations? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706143)

Users first instead of corporations? It'll never make it out of beta.

That never seemed to bother Google.

Re:Users first, instead of corporations? (1)

Fiver- (169605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706286)

No, you're thinking of the government.

Urgently needed (1)

0xFCE2 (859134) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705505)

This (if it is working as advertised) is a great thing. Getting commercial results when information I was looking for information (or the other way around) is the biggest problem I have with google's result, to the point where the results become useless.

Re:Urgently needed (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705605)

Odd, I've never noticed it as a problem. The only complaint I have against Google right now is how they've mutilated Google Groups, so that when I search for a newsgroup, I get all these silly Google Groups-based web forums before the actual Usenet groups.

Another slider idea: Date vs. Page Rank (3, Interesting)

ZP-Blight (827688) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705506)

Sometimes when I'm searching for some new event that "just happened now" and may not be a world worthy event to get onto the news pages, I would like it if search engines would have a slider to let me choose the importance of the date in the search.

Re:Another slider idea: Date vs. Page Rank (1)

MalaclypseTheYounger (726934) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705537)

FYI: News.google.com does this, it has a "Sort by relevance" and "Sort by date" links on the top right hand side when you do a search.

http://news.google.com/ [google.com]

Re:Another slider idea: Date vs. Page Rank (1)

AntsInMyPants (819105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705709)

It sounds more like the parent poster was hoping for a blending of the two instead Sort By Date OR Sort By Relevance. So if you wanted to look up developments in relational databases you could search "relational database theory". Sliding all the way to date would be the same as a straight Sort By Date.

This would give you a bit more flexibility as it would allow more current information to perculate to the top while supressing current, but non-relevant, information from appearing.

Re:Another slider idea: Date vs. Page Rank (1)

tOaOMiB (847361) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706511)

At the risk of touting MSFT...
search.msn.com let's you do this too.

In the "search builder" tab (subtab results ranking) there are slidebars that let you rank based on page freshness. Or just include it in your search: http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=linux+%7Bfrsh %3D100%7D&FORM=QBRE [msn.com] vs. http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=linux+%7Bfrsh %3D0%7D&FORM=QBRE [msn.com]

Sorting (1)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705509)

Does anyone else feel dirty having a slider dictate how things are sorted? I mean, when *I* want things sorted, I know exactally how it should look... and from there, where to find the results I want (Like if sorted by alphabetical order, and I am looking for something that starts with 'T').

But on another look at this, maybe it will work out well... sort of like filtering your search, but instead of eliminating things, it will move them to the bottom of the list, so you still have ALL items displayed, but really what you want is at the top.

Great idea (if it works) (1)

93,000 (150453) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705527)

I've always wanted there to be an easy way to filter out the commercial bunk when looking for actual information. Hopefully this works as they say it does.

My big suggestion would be to have a customizable slider, where I could have one end of it say "research" and the other end say "let in all the assbags trying to sell me crap".

Helping me out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705540)

Well it didn't seem to help me quite much. I just did a simple search for Single Women in my area. Only turned up Russian brides. No use for internet searches yet for me. I shall return to my dark dungeon and come back again later. =p

"let me google that" - Negroiso

For those who want to learn how to search: (1)

trandism (835011) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705547)

www.fravia.com

Re:For those who want to learn how to search: (1)

SacredNaCl (545593) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705965)

I have to second that reccommendation. Searchlores.org/Fravia.com is full of a lot of interesting and useful stuff on learning how to search more effectively. I still keep a local copy of a few of those scrolls, modified a bit for my needs for some hard to find things.

Re:For those who want to learn how to search: (1)

trandism (835011) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706180)

Yes, I do that too and I keep recommending the site to anyone I can. That guy's work is extra-ordinary

Nuclear Weapons (2, Funny)

DarthVeda (569302) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705585)

Fantastic! Now I can either slide the bar one way, and learn how to build my own atomic stockpile, or slide it the other way and simply buy one outright.

And this is usefull to who? (0, Flamebait)

part_of_you (859291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705593)

Really, how is this usefull? Google has the market covered. Take your beta Yahoo crap and slide the bar the hell outta the way.

What next? A search engine that offers you the ability to overcome your online fears by only searching trusted sites?

This has "Limit me" written all over it

Re:And this is usefull to who? (1)

trandism (835011) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705617)

Google covers 1/3rd of the web maximum

Re:And this is usefull to who? (1)

mat catastrophe (105256) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705717)

There's an upper limit to the Web?

Re:And this is usefull to who? (1)

trandism (835011) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706221)

No there isn't. It is proven though that Google cannot cover more than a percentage of it.

There is a whole part of it (e.g sites that are not linked by others) that Google's algorithm cannot track.

www.fravia.com
for more info on how search engines work

Re:And this is usefull to who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706415)

Google doesn't fully index all sites aswell.

Hash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705613)

I tried to search for the term "hash". For "shopping" results it gave me things to smoke, for "research" I got a link to the hashing function on wikipedia.

Re:Hash (1)

osho_gg (652984) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705726)

Just shows that it is working correctly :)

Osho

Test search 6800gt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705618)

If you do a default search for the nvidia 6800gt: http://mindset.research.yahoo.com/search.php?p=680 0gt&prssweb=Search+the+Web [yahoo.com]
the first link is a review posted by HardOCP, if you slide the bar all the way to right, HardOCP drops from the top of the list. I wonder why?

Blend? (2, Insightful)

Tharkban (877186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705636)

What's the point of blending the two techniques?

Anyone have a clue?

I would use one or the other but I can't think of any situation where I would prefer blending to doing two different searches.

Re:Blend? ... for profit! (1)

pbhj (607776) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705842)

Yahoo! can now charge extra for advertising in any of the result streams that is partially blended with informational results.

Presumably if one wants an ad in the information-only (!) section one has to pay an extreme premium.

That's why blend the results!

I'm just suprised that they don't charge users for the information-only results.

Re:Blend? ... for profit! (1)

X (1235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705906)

Presumably if one wants an ad in the information-only (!) section one has to pay an extreme premium.

You're thinking old world style advertising. Paid search is all about being able to target customers who actually want to buy something that you have to sell. I suspect the reality would be just the opposite of what you say. If I'm do an "research" search, what are the odds that I'm going to go buy something when I click on a link? Pretty rotten right? So, the advertiser doesn't get much value from it. I suspect the premium would be for people who are really looking to buy something.

Re:Blend? (1)

X (1235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705861)

The slider doesn't really do blending. It controls how much priority the "shopping" or the "research" gets in the sorting over how the search engine would normally sort the results. If you have it all to the research side, it shows the most "researchy" page, regardless of how relevant the page is to the search.

Fancy sorting my TLDs? (3, Insightful)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705647)

Wonder what made Yahoo decide on choosing these two terms as ends of the spectrum. IMHO, it excludes a variety of other intents that people use search engines for.

It also looks like their engine gives a higher weightage to .com sites when the slider is towards "Shopping", and to .org, .edu, .gov sites when it is towards "Researching". For most purposes, I would go with the slider at the extreme end towards "Researching", so I can exclude spam/advertisement sites. But sadly, it looks like that would skip over *many* useful sites which end in .com .

For example, http://howstuffworks.com/ [howstuffworks.com] seems to be categorized as a "Shopping" site, presumably due to it's suffix, and doesn't turn up with the slider at the "Researching" end.

Needs more work, IMHO.

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (1)

cjh79 (754103) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705776)

Wonder what made Yahoo decide on choosing these two terms as ends of the spectrum. IMHO, it excludes a variety of other intents that people use search engines for.

Along these lines, why have a slider at all? Definitely a neat idea, but I don't seem myself ever putting the slider anywhere but at either end, or maybe in the middle. I think it would be more useful to have a bunch of checkboxes, one for each type of site you want to search for, and you could just check the different kinds of sites you want to see. That way they could incorporate different classes of sites other than shopping and research.

However the cool factor would be much lower...

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705936)

You're forgetting that Joe Sixtooth has no idea how TLDs are structured in the first place (whether in theory or in reality). Giving him a slider with some generic concepts at each end is a lot easier than expecting him to learn what the various domains were designed for. OTOH, giving powerusers an advanced option with the checkboxes you mention wouldn't be a bad idea...

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (1)

deliciousmonster (712224) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706539)

I would imagine that they'll create a smaller scale that moves across both x and y axes. You could find a blend of results across four or more parameters for a single search term.

I'd also like to see them do interim queries rather than waiting for me to release... subareas within the matrix that trigger another AJAX call when you enter/exit another zone...

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705829)

Not to be a pedantic asshole or anything but I think that's why it's beta.

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706148)

Wonder what made Yahoo decide on choosing these two terms as ends of the spectrum. IMHO, it excludes a variety of other intents that people use search engines for.

The Blonde/Brunette slider is still in beta.

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706854)

When will they have the "Porn" / "Drugs" slider?

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (1)

akadruid (606405) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706485)

howstuffworks does have a lot of commercially type stuff on it.

try openoffice: at one end you get the openoffice dev sites, at the other end... staroffice. kinda slick.

Re:Fancy sorting my TLDs? (1)

the_womble (580291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706522)

It is definitely more complicated than one end being good for some sites and the other end for others.

A search for "EV/EBITDA" brought the page on EV/EBITDA [moneyterms.co.uk] on my .co.uk site up as the first result.

Shifting the slider to "research" pushed it down to sixth place but my page on EBITDA [moneyterms.co.uk] (obviously a less good match) was the third result.

Shifting the slider to shopping lost both my pages from the front page.

The normal Yahoo search brought up the same page at a different (old, now redirected) URL as the first result, as did some intermediate settings of the slider.

Whooo !! (1)

JohnLeFucker (888571) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705662)

that's alot of sponsor results..

Before everyone freaks out (1)

X (1235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705672)

The tool tends to work best when you don't put the slider all to one side or the other. This is presumably why they have slider.

Google/Froogle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705679)

Google could potentially already be doing this out of the box, if they just followed their own intentions for putting informational sites in Google, and shopping/link spam sites in Froogle.

I am sick and tired of having Google return page after page of link spam sites for a wide variety of queries. I could be looking for a specific product, or even a generic category. And the first couple of pages are flooded with those useless link farm sites that have hundreds and hundreds of affiliate links to amazon and other retailers but don't actually sell or inform about anything. Fuck 'em.

If Yahoo can fix this exploitation of results then I'm all for it.

Only on Slashdot (2, Funny)

hopethisnickisnottak (882127) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705690)

"Yahoo releases new search tool, still in beta."

User A: Well, it's a nice concept, but can they execute it?

"Google promises the ability to walk on oceans."

User A: I'm sure they'll add features to it too. Google's the best. Wow. I love google. It gives me orgasms. Woww... And I don't even have to download porn. Wowwie

Re:Only on Slashdot (1)

Momoru (837801) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706044)

Thats one of the most accurate things i've heard in a long time...when it comes to search, unless Google has something big they arn't showing us, they are really falling behind the curve. Combine Clusty [clusty.com] with this yahoo tool, and I would never even think about using Google again, which allows absolutely no drilling down. Using a complex algorithm of search terms to find exactly what you want is so 1998.

Does anyone know of (a) search engines that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705714)

1) allows one to specify wildcard matches (like Altavista did years ago) e.g. "install* problem*"
2) allows one to only search in certain languages (other than English which Google allows)
3) allows one to limit the search to certain countries, e.g.: search only sites in Germany (localization by ip does seem to be possible)

By the way, last night I discovered that Google now translates from Japanese to English as comes up with something half-intelligible.

It actually works (4, Informative)

sapped (208174) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705715)

I tried it by plugging "Toyota" in there.

With the setting bar on the research side you get opinions and reviews. With the settings on the shopping side you are directed to the manufacturers site along with their sales channels.

I am impressed and think that Google has been outdone for the first time in a while.

This could become very useful as the web is steadily getting more and more clogged with idiots wanting to sell you stuff all the time but not wanting to give you useful information on it.

Re:It actually works (1)

yourEgg (791999) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706294)

Yeah it seems useable. But Google outdone? Day after day on slashdot theres posts on things such as Gmail, google maps, student open source sponsership, AJAX, et al... and from yahoo we get... a slider.

Re:It actually works (2, Interesting)

sapped (208174) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706379)

Yeah it seems useable. But Google outdone? Day after day on slashdot theres posts on things such as Gmail, google maps, student open source sponsership, AJAX, et al... and from yahoo we get... a slider.
There are also very regular posts about how the top ranked results in Google are pointing to other search engines, junk sites, etc. They have been very sluggish in fixing those complaints. This "slider" directly addresses those complaints.

However, I don't think it will take Google very long to respond to this now that Yahoo's solution is out there.

Re:It actually works (1)

Eric604 (798298) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706535)

I don't need all these things you mentioned. However.. this slider seems very interesting.

What we really need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705772)

Let me know when they make a slider with "pictures" on one end and "movies" on the other... ;)

Re:What we really need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706652)

Here you go. [searchgalleries.com]

old news... (1)

kreativemind (872620) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705806)

honestly people, this is old news [yahoo.com] ! Yahoo Mindset [yahoo.com] has been launched for over a month ago now and it gets slasdotted now!?!? Oh well, some people delay =)

Not ready for prime-time or humor oppotunity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705823)

Search it for "slashdot". Yank it all the way to the shopping end. Now explain the first result. BTW, "slashdot" does not appear in the page or its source.

Wait for the complete version (1)

Assoupis (758320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705890)

It'll allow you to set the research field to "my basement" to search "christmas lights" or "cross over rj45"

Hope they get it to work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12705914)

It is a good idea, but it failed miserably on my first test. I typed viagra and set the slider all the way to research and still got a page full of "discount" offers.

It's just a matter of time... (1)

sonofagunn (659927) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705928)

... until the commercial sites figure out how to get their results at the top of the research side.

Seems to work well (1)

n-baxley (103975) | more than 9 years ago | (#12705970)

Great interface, quick response and the results seem to be more accuarate. This is certainly a common problem when searching anymore. I don't always want to buy something.

Re:Seems to work well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706679)

n-baxley:
I don't always want to buy something.

Why do you hate America?

'mod down (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706089)

Fact: *BSD is dyinG live and a job t0 And she ran

results of trying "sex" (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706100)

On the shopping side you get the dating sites.
On the information side you get the encyclopedia entries.

the real feature we need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706200)

...is a "pr0n" vs. "not pr0n" slider bar. When you only have one hand to operate the keyboard and the mouse, it's really annoying to sort past irrelevant search results.

I like it! (1)

sheepoo (814409) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706211)

At least this gives me the oppurtunity to filter out results from a resultset :) Being a DBA , I know how powerful it is to sort and drill-down on the results which you get Hope they expand and improve it. Also, wait until Google comes up with something similar

Cool but, (1)

alnjmshntr (625401) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706272)

This is a great tool which I will certainly use, but why the slider? They only need 3 settings, research, shopping, both.

Finally, a non-google search innovation! (1)

FhnuZoag (875558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706328)

I sure hope Yahoo doesn't patent it, so we can see things like this in other search engines as well...

Blog and forum/wiki slider please? (1)

genericacct (692294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706373)

I like the idea, but I'd love to be able to turn on and off search results that contain blogs or public messageboard content. Sometimes that's what I want to find, and sometimes it's completely useless and annoying.

If this were Google.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706384)

slashdot would already have 800 comments hailing google as the most intelligent company in the world who is the only one with good ideas..

This is GREAT.. yahoo have great innovation still.. like others have said i can filter through the crap much easier now..

Wonder if yahoo has patented this technique or what?

how to evaluate Yahoo's new search tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12706402)

Search for "Penis enlargement pills" and try to find only sites with information.

A friend of mine... once looked for this information to find out what was actually in these things and to see what legitimate data was available. In short- any nuggets of useful information (if indeed there are any) are totally buried in the avalanche of crap vendors.

Posting anonymously just because I can.

An overdue feature for all search engines (1)

beforewisdom (729725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706491)

Something like this is an overdue feature for all search engines.

Perhaps a W3C list of standard site types as well.
For example: "diary", "reference", "archive" ...etc.

A person doing research on the string "speed boat"
might not be interested in someone's blog site where the word is mentioned.

alternative: clustering (1)

cahiha (873942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706576)

There are many more interesting distinctions than a simple dichotomy between commercial/noncommercial--why not list them directly?

Have a look at Clusty [clusty.com] as one example of a search engine that categorizes your search results along more dimensions, yet seems at least as intuitive and usable as the new Yahoo! interface.

Yahoo!'s interface seems unnecessarily simplistic to me.

Beta is the new black (1)

Skim123 (3322) | more than 9 years ago | (#12706826)

Does anyone happen to have hard numbers showing how many people are using Google's (or Yahoo's) beta products? I am curious as to their adoption. Are "real" people using this or is it just computer savvy early adopters?

I know the point of a beta is to get, essentially, free buzz and free testers, but this implies that the product eventually move out of beta. (Google News, GMail, I'm looking in your general direction.)

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