Yahoo Opens Its Search Technology to Third Parties

Yahoo will allow other Web sites to use its technology to build their own search services in a new revenue-sharing scheme announced on Thursday. Yahoo said it would release the beta version of an API (application programming interface) on Thursday that Web sites can use to build services based on its search infrastructure and algorithms, including the ability to re-rank results and control how they are presented.

A publisher could use the API to build a search service that specializes in a particular topic, such as sports, for example. Or it could use the API to give users a better way to search the content on its Web site -- or potentially even to build a rival to Yahoo. The API is part of what Yahoo calls its BOSS platform, for Build Your Own Search Service. The API will be available to any Web developer, along with tools for combining data from Yahoo's search indexes with data from other sources on the Web.

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Agreed. I think that they are in survival mode. Netscape, in a last effort for survival opened their Navigator code, which became Firefox. Novell, when facing extinction, turned to open source Linux and is doing reasonably well with SUSE. Sun also has taken Solaris and Java into open source to survive.

For some it works (although in Netscape's case, it was posthumous). For others is is probably only a footnote in the historical documentation of the end of the company.

Will the "Yahoo search" survive into the future? Only time will tell.


EDIT: LOL Just found this quote from a zdnet blog

Simply put, everyone loves open source when they are getting the snot kicked out of them.
Classic!

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Agreed. I think that they are in survival mode. Netscape, in a last effort for survival opened their Navigator code, which became Firefox. Novell, when facing extinction, turned to open source Linux and is doing reasonably well with SUSE. Sun also has taken Solaris and Java into open source to survive.

For some it works (although in Netscape's case, it was posthumous). For others is is probably only a footnote in the historical documentation of the end of the company.

Will the "Yahoo search" survive into the future? Only time will tell.


EDIT: LOL Just found this quote from a zdnet blogClassic!


Hahaha, that quote is so true, that's why it's so funny.