Blog Posts by Ted Drake

  • The Future of Vertical Search Engines

    Vertical search engines are emerging every day, as people look for information that was otherwise hidden in the enormous indexes of Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, and other generic search engines. You can find search engines devoted to food, cars, people, environmentalism, and much more. Many of today's vertical search engines are pushing beyond the repackaging of existing search results and creating enhanced, better results by focusing on their core audience.

    I recently spoke at the www2009 conference in Madrid, Spain about this topic. The complete slides, The Future of Vertical Search Engines, can be found on

    The Past, Present, and Future of Building a Search Engine

    Search engine construction has evolved from the early days of building from scratch to today's plethora of data APIs that make tomorrow's vertical search engines more powerful and easier to build.


    • Huge expenses to build the index, find the data, maintain the
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  • Meet the new BOSS…

    The goal of any search engine is to find the most relevant information for a user. Yahoo! BOSS recently announced new features to the popular search API: advanced language capabilities, news sorting by timeliness, and data from Delicious, a social bookmarking service.

    Delicious allows users to save their favorite web sites, add tags for easier discovery, and share them with friends and others. This creates a directory that's an honest reflection of what sites are important, informational, and entertaining. Yahoo! BOSS + Delicious gives you more control over relevancy. Let's look at a

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  • SearchMonkey In Paris!

    Photo credit Sophie Major

    Search Monkey arrived in Paris with the sound of flying toy monkeys screeching as they flew through the La Cantine café. The festive, attentive group gathered to hear about the new Yahoo! Search feature and to fling the little guys across the room.

    La Cantine is a cross between an Internet Café and a co-op workspace. Its central Paris location provides space to collaborate, learn, share, and explore the future of technology.

    Photo credit Sophie Major

    The Yahoo! Developer Network and local Yahoos joined forces to explain Search Monkey; an open interface for providing enhanced search result presentations. Participants were able to start building Search Monkey applications in small groups as well as learn about Microformats.

    Search Monkey Applications

    Search Monkey allows any developer to create enhanced presentations for a web site when it appears in Yahoo! Search. The standard result displays the page title, description, and web site address. A Search Monkey

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