Monday, April 10th, 2006

Yahoo Releases “Instant Search”

Category: Yahoo!

Using some of their own technology to power it, Yahoo has released their Instant Search tool, a “results as you type” search engine style tool.

Why feel lucky when you can be right? With Instant Search, results instantly appear for Yahoo! Shortcuts and common searches. Give it a spin!

It’s still in Beta (and who isn’t these days?), so there’s only a limited amount of functionality to it. There are one of two interesting features that they bring to the table, however, from which Google might learn a thing or two. Try going to the page and searching for an address. A box pops up right there with a minimap for the location. You can click on it for a larger map or get driving directions. Type in “weather ” and you get a mini weather information box with links to more information.

For those that use their search.yahoo.com page, you can set a preference to use this Instant Search page as your default search page. And, for more information on the Search or to talk it up with some other users, check out their forums.



Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:34 am
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a mini weater information box

spellcheck, anyone?

also, your live preview doesn’t seem to handle blockquote.

Comment by Anonymous Coward — April 10, 2006

doesn’t work in mozilla.

Comment by krazykarl — April 10, 2006

On a different “AJAX” subject. Check out Amazon using FF 1.0.x and not IE 6 or FF 1.5. You will notice check-boxes which do ‘real-time’ filtering via Ajax.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=amb_link_18311901_3/104-7698330-5376763?%5Fencoding=UTF8&node=574568

Comment by Patrick Whittingham — April 10, 2006

“Why feel lucky when you can be right?”

Cheeky, but desperate sounding.

Comment by Daniel, Rogue Connect — April 10, 2006

The generic use (searching for something other than an address or weather) doesn’t seem especially useful. What’s the point?

Comment by Matthew Ratzloff — April 10, 2006

Try searching for “ajax”. Not even remotely close. I’ll stick with google, thanks:)

Comment by Scotty — April 10, 2006

http://digg.com/software/Yahoo_debuts_beta_of_Instant_Search_-_results_before_finished_typing,_WOW
http://digg.com/technology/Yahoo_Set_To_Unveil_New_Search_Feature
http://digg.com/technology/Yahoo_Set_To_Unveil_New_Search_Feature
http://digg.com/links/Yahoo_Instant_Search

Released 208 days ago! 208!

Comment by JW — April 11, 2006

Doesnee work in IE or FF for me. The FF debuggerer comes up with a couple of errors.
Error: XML tag name mismatch
Source file: http://us.js1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/lib/common/utils/connect_1.0.1.js
Line: 55, Column: 3
Source code:

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Error: ygConn is not defined
Source file: http://instant.search.yahoo.com/
Line: 345

Comment by JT... — April 12, 2006

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