Archive | March, 2012

Little Known Features

3 Mar

Hi, my name is Kittipong.  Each month, I will try to bring my (near zero) insight on a different aspect of life and different points in programmings.  And today, I will write a bit about Yahoo! Search.  Specifically, about the different little features that many people might have seen once or twice, but not quite sure about it.

You may wonder why on earth I pick Yahoo! Search for feature on this blog.  Well, the fact is that everyone knows about all the google-fu for Google Search.  There are so many people talking and using it, which led to publication of books dedicated to hacking of Google search engine: Google Hacking for Penetration Testers, Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Finding and Using the World’s Information, etc.  You can find them on Amazon.  All of this is great; except there is nothing about it on Yahoo! or Bing search engines.  In fact, did you know that Yahoo! first have the mini-drop-down keywords suggestion?  When I first saw it, I thought, “What a great idea!!”, except… nobody talks about it.  When Google copies the feature few months later, there were a slew of articles and comments congratulating Google for its innovation.  At that moment, I saw Yahoo! in a different light.  In the public eyes, Yahoo! was like the unwanted child.  The one that the parents have no expectation, or really care for.  The one that can do no right.  Over time, Yahoo! has come to believe the public’s opinion that it is not worthy of being great.  Thus, it sold part of its soul.


All the great things that has been done, should not be forgotten.  Here is a little something to show for…

(A)  Do you remember Google’s original search box (before the tab or the crazy Google+ drop down menu)?  No fat, no frill.  Yahoo! decided to get one too.

(B)  Search for a specific car brand and model, and you should get a full auto review.

(C) Celebrity is one of Yahoo!’s prime features.  There are few ways the results can be returned.  It depends on who the celebrity is (singer, actor, politician), and the current trend.

(D)  Enter a metropolitan name (or any famous city), and there will be a little box with the name, the current weather, a photo-op, and little details about the city.

(E)  Golf tournament?!  Seriously?  Anyways, search for a golf tournament, and you get the score.  Although, to be honest, I am not sure why would anyone use Yahoo! search for it.

(F)  Search for a local brand or a restaurant name, and you should see a mini map with location.  Nothing exciting.  Personally, I would use yelp with Google map.

(G)  Oh, boy.  This is something I see a Google search also.  You do the math.

(H)  Mobile app was something they added a year ago.  Enter an app name, and you will see it.  Probably useful on a mobile device.

(I)  This seems pretty standard for me.  A movie title, a poster, and a little box to search for play time.

(J)  A query for a music band search produces albums and songs lists.  I was going to enter Justin Bieber for the heck of it.  But I think we had enough of him AND his songs… ~~Baby baby baby Ohhhh~~~ Baby baby baby NOOOO!!!~~~

(K)  Blah, blah, blah.  News

(L)  If you ever enter product name, or an auto parts, you may get Yahoo! shopping results in a slideshow.

(M)  Before internet, we all eats food, but majority of the people don’t know how to cook.  Unfortunately, internet still does not solve the biggest cooking problem — cooking skill.

(N)  Sport player.  Sport team.  One will give you the score.  Another will give you the recent statistics.

(O)  If you enter a stock symbol, you can get the stock price.  But more likely, you will find yourself looking at news…

So, there you go.  I have revealed Yahoo!’s hidden features that so many people never bother to look at, or share with the world!  Some of you may question, what do I gain from sharing these functionality of a second-rated search engine?  And the answer?  No, it is not acknowledge; certainly, not respect nor personal ego.  It is simpler, but deeper than that.  Sometimes when I get to know a person or watch an entity that shares a similar experience, I begin to cheer for it too.

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