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Thursday, September 15, 2005

 
Yahoo! Search - Instant Search is a new wrinkle on search. Well, not that new, but Yahoo! thinks it's doing it better. Basically you type in a search and Yahoo! pops up a little bubble giving you the information that you need, or at least an approximation of it. Follow the link and try London weather for example, and you'll see what I mean.

It's an interesting idea, but it only works for popular queries, which kinda negates its value in many respects. When I tried it for a series of different terms it ignored most of the searches, and got about 60% wrong. Of the others, I was happy with the answers that I got. So I think they have some way to go with the idea. You can try it for yourself, or if you prefer, see what Danny Sullivan says about it, or get Charlene Li's opinion.

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