Topic-based updates: A YAP app

We are happy to announce the launch of a topic-based Updates YAP app.

This application features the following capabilities:

  • Slice and dice by keyword for updates from both within your Yahoo! Connections, everyone, and Facebook newsfeeds.
  • Provide consumption experience within the app. Unlike in Web-search where people typically get the relevant result and leave, social content is more about users’ persistent interests, where users repeatedly seek what is new in their topics of interest.
  • Discover and share topics from your social circle and/or everyone.
  • Display trending topics to show what is hot in the current hour, day, week, and month.

The above capabilities are also available through YQL. Check out this YQL table for topic-based updates.

We built this application as a way to showcase how users can benefit from the Firehose API to discover new information about their interests from the social space, breaking the boundary of social networks. The trending-topic algorithm attempts to condense the overwhelming amount of information, to pinpoint what is important at a given moment.

Topic-based updates app in action

Here are some screenshots to help you visualize this Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP) app in action:

View updates by keywords, inside your network, from everyone, and in your Facebook news feeds:

Viewing updates by keyword

Enable consumption experience within the app, and let users comment, like, and repost:

Consuming experiences within app

Follow interesting topics, and discover new topics from your friends and everyone:

Follow topics

View trending topics on what’s hot at this hour, day, or week:

Trending topics view