Blog Posts by Graham Mudd

  • New BOSS Features Announced Today

    The BOSS team announced a handful of new features over on the Yahoo! Search Blog today. Here's a quick summary of what's new:

    SearchMonkey Structured Data
    - BOSS developers can now access structured data marked up with microformats or RDF.

    Expanded Abstracts - BOSS is now making 300 character abstracts available to give developers more data for semantic analysis or longer abstract presentations.

    Site Explorer Data - Inlink and page-level data from Site Explorer can now be accessed via BOSS as well. This data can be used for result reranking and other purposes.

    Open Monetization - The terms of service for BOSS have been changed to allow developers to use third party monetization platforms.

    Pricing - The BOSS team has announced its plans for introducing usage fees at the end of Q2.

    Check out our post on the Yahoo! Search Blog or visit the BOSS section of YDN for more info.

    Graham Mudd
    The BOSS Team

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  • Launching Today: BOSS Mashable Challenge

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    The BOSS team is all at Open Hack 2008 today. It’s early and there’s already a crowd, so we’re excited to announce a new developer challenge here today. The BOSS Mashable Challenge is all about openness and innovation in search. All you need to do to enter is build a mash-up using one of the BOSS APIs and enter it into the Challenge by September 28.

    Here's our post about it over at the Yahoo! Search Blog. Mashable has all the details.

    If you’re at Open Hack 2008, stop by the BOSS workshop at 3:00 in classroom 3.

    Graham Mudd
    BOSS Team

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  • BOSS Developers: Check out the Daylife Developer Challenge

    Last week we launched our new search web services platform, Yahoo! Search BOSS, and pointed to a few folks that already started using BOSS. We mentioned that Daylife is integrating the BOSS API as part of the Daylife To-Go customization wizard. They're also encouraging participants in their DayPI Developer Challenge to integrate the BOSS API in their mashups.

    The challenge awards developers who build the most interesting, original and innovative applications using the Daylife API. As part of the challenge, Daylife will be also be awarding a bonus prize of $2,000 for the best BOSS/Daylife Mashup.

    If you have an idea to share, sign up for a Daylife account, build an app and submit your mashup. Make sure you tag your entry with 'boss' and 'contest08' to be eligible for both the Yahoo! BOSS-DayPI mashup prize and the Developer Challenge.

    The challenge ends on July 25th, so get your entries in quick!

    The BOSS Team

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  • BOSS – The Next Step in our Open Search Ecosystem

    [This post originally appeared on the Yahoo! Search Blog]

    Today, Yahoo! Search is taking another step in extending the Yahoo! Open Strategy with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS, a web services platform that allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing the same infrastructure and technology that powers Yahoo! Search.

    Our goal with BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is simple – foster innovation in the search landscape. As anyone who follows the search industry knows, the barriers to successfully building a high quality, web-scale search engine are incredibly high. Doing so requires hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in engineering, sciences and core infrastructure – from crawling and indexing technology to relevancy and machine learning algorithms, to stuff as mundane as data centers, servers and power. Because competing successfully in web search requires an investment of this scale, new players have effectively been

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  • Search Gallery Now Available to Users

    On Wednesday night we announced that the Search Gallery, which had previously been open to developers, is now available to users. You will now notice a “Customize” drop down menu in the header of the search results pages. From there, users can browse applications and add those they find useful.

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    There are already a bunch of great applications in the Gallery, and a number of our partners have blogged about their apps. Here’s a few examples:

    last.fm built a great app for music searching, and they blogged about the process here.

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    LinkedIn blogged about their app, which includes profile photos and details.

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    Trulia’s blog discusses their app, which includes photos and links to related sections of their site.

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    Thanks again to everyone who’s built SearchMonkey apps (and blogged about it!). Don't forget to enter your apps in the SearchMonkey Developer Challenge!

    Graham Mudd

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  • The Monkey is Out and the Challenge is On

    Original post featured on Yahoo! Search Blog

    It's been three weeks since we began the limited preview of Yahoo! Search's new open developer platform, SearchMonkey. Today, we're officially opening up the doors to all developers -- professionals and hobbyists -- to begin building applications that enhance the usefulness and relevance of search results.

    There are three components to this open ecosystem:

    • Site owners share structured data with Yahoo!, using semantic markup (microformats, RDF), standardized XML feeds, APIs (OpenSearch or other web services), and page extraction.
    • Third party developers build SearchMonkey applications.
    • Consumers customize their search experience.

    So, what's in it for developers?

    With SearchMonkey, developers have a hand in shaping the next generation of search by building customized search results and mash-ups that users can add to their Yahoo! Search experience. By leveraging structured data from sites like CitySearch, StumbleUpon, eBay, or Epicurious.com,

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  • Are Microformats Right for Your Site?

    Adding structured data to your site doesn't need to be complicated or difficult. It can be as simple as adding a handful of attributes to your page -- "'class"and "rel" are the most common. Many sites use semantic markup, and already have these attributes, in which case you can insert additional values into existing attributes, since these actually hold space-separated lists. Microformats is the name of one common method for using this kind of simple markup.

    Microformats are community-driven standards, put together and maintained by volunteers outside of a formal organization like IETF. Typically, they cover well-worn use cases, a concept called "paving the cowpaths." A number of microformat specifications in various stages of development are available at microformats headquarters.

    Initially, the Yahoo! Search indexer supports the following microformats:

    * hCard for personal or organization contact info
    * hCalendar for event descriptions and timelines
    * hAtom for syndicated content as

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  • Party Like a SearchMonkey

    A few weeks ago, we announced SearchMonkey, an new open platform that lets developers and site owners use semantic markup and structured data to enhance Yahoo! Search results and make them more useful, relevant, and visually appealing.

    We wanted to remind you that we're kicking off this launch in true SearchMonkey style with a Developer Launch Party next Thursday, May 15. Come get the inside scoop on SearchMonkey, meet with our product managers and engineers over tasty (read: free!) food and beer, see live demos, and take a closer look at the Developer Tool.

    When: May 15, 2008, 5:30 -- 8:30 p.m.

    Where: Yahoo! Headquarters @ URL's Cafe
    701 First Ave.
    Sunnyvale, CA 94089

    RSVP: Email your full name and company name directly
    to searchmonkeyevent@yahoo-inc.com. Space is limited.

    For more information on the agenda and logistics, check out the event page.

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