Yahoo goes for Google-like look

Yahoo goes for Google-like look

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Stefanie Olsen
CNET News.com
November 04, 2003, 08:40 GMT

Yahoo has rejigged its home page to emphasise new search features, making it appear more similar to rival Google

Yahoo has altered its home page to showcase specialised search features, in a bid to drive traffic to the new tools and recapture ground from rival Google.

Yahoo added tabs for searches related to Images, Yellow Pages and Products. These appear alongside a Web search tab, which is how the portal now labels its standard search field. The design change mirrors the file-folder look of competitors including Google and helps get Web surfers started on targeted searches immediately, instead of forcing them to delve into the site.

Though a slight change, it speaks volumes about the challenge Yahoo faces in educating visitors on the improvements it's made this year in search and in helping users cut through clutter. In 2003, Yahoo finalised its acquisitions of search technology company Inktomi and commercial listings provider Overture, which were two deals aimed at helping Yahoo replace partner Google with perfected in-house search technology and regain the title of search champ.

Aside from buyouts, Yahoo has introduced a raft of new tools in recent months, including features to search for and compare product data, narrow queries keyed to geographical locations and searches accessible in instant-messenger chat windows.

The change also indicates that Yahoo may have learned that wooing audiences is as simple as placing features front and centre.

"There's a fine line between spamming our users, saying 'here's a new search feature and here's another new search feature', and just exposing it to them. We decided to make it more prominent on the home page," said Ali Diab, director of product management for US search.

Diab added that the alterations were the result of research and advice from consumers. "This is one thing among many that you will see in the next month, in terms of improvements in helping our users find what they're looking for," Diab said.

Yahoo makes minor tweaks to its network of sites all the time, but its home page is sacred territory. The changes had to pass muster with David Filo, who co-founded Yahoo in April 1995 with Jerry Yang, and who to this day oversees the design of Yahoo.com, Diab said. In fact, until last year, when Yahoo simplified its home page, the basic framework of the page had remained unchanged since the site's inaugural year.

The design changes reflect an internal mandate at the company to make search a prominent feature across the entire network, including Yahoo's personals, travel and real estate sections. The impetus is largely fuelled by the shifting economics of search and its lucrative advertising component, pay-per-click sponsored listings. As a result of such listings, the search market is expected to be worth $2bn (?1.19bn) in 2003 and has drawn the attention of numerous competitors, including software behemoth Microsoft. Microsoft's MSN is building its own search technology to compete with Google and Yahoo.

As part of the new changes, Yahoo is featuring areas of its search strategy that have been in development. The company recently introduced a new product-comparison search site, in a bid to compete with niche players such as Shopping.com and with Google, which unveiled a shopping site called Froogle.com in late 2001. Yahoo's shopping site includes innovations such as SmartSort, which lets people customise results by rating the importance of product features. While shopping for a digital camera, for example, users can use a sliding scale to prioritise camera size, resolution, optical zoom and brand.

Diab said that the sliding scale feature is one way Yahoo is looking to develop personalised search in other areas, such as news.

Many industry watchers anticipate that Yahoo will replace Google's search technology with its own, given that it has acquired three equivalent Web crawlers in the last year, including Inktomi. For now, Yahoo's Web and Image search are still powered by Google. But Yahoo developed its own technology, with components of Inktomi, for its Products search, as well as for its Yellow Pages. Diab said the company also plans to enhance local or Yellow Pages searches in the coming months.



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Jaka konkurencija, ubili su mnoge pretrazivace u zadnjih godinu dana ! Smile Cika Google radi ko zmaj !



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Ma Google je zakon... i bez VladePUBa Very Happy
Samo, čuo sam neke glasine da će ga kupiti Microsoft, pa ne znam kuda to vodi...

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Samo da ga Microsoft ne upropasti.

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gamzzy ::Ma Google je zakon... i bez VladePUBa Very Happy
Samo, čuo sam neke glasine da će ga kupiti Microsoft, pa ne znam kuda to vodi...


Nisam najbolje razumeo ? Naravno da je zakon, naj pretrazivac na mrezi, zato tako i radi !

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\Koliko ja znam za Google, napravili su ga 2 studenta, google radi na dosada (koliko sam cuo) nepoznat nacin svima i niko nezna tu tehnologiju na kojoj je on baziran, a da ce ga microsoft kupiti i to sam cuo ali koliko znam samo im je ponudio da kupi a jos nista nije odluceno. Iako je uhakovan pre neki dan kada je neki klinja ubacio na home-page kod za najnoviji half-life koji je ukarao iz njihovog kompjutera i postavio ga na google i samim tim ih bacio na 12 000 000 $ gubitka (hocu reci firmu koja je napravila half-life). Inace google godisnje zaradjuje preko 18 500 000 dolara, sto ce reci da otkidaju!

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