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Yahoo Open Search Platform

Yahoo announced that it would be soon allowing third parties enhance the Yahoo Search Experience. This might give a new look to search results and might even be the future search list model.

Codenamed “Search Monkey”, the Open Search Platform would provide set of Yahoo APIs which would help third parties and developers modify a search result on Yahoo either by adding additional information, adding images or providing deeper links.
This is similar to Google’s results where Google indexes top menus on a popular website and displays them as a link. However, in the current Google search results, third parties have no access to change search results.

Modifications to the results can be customized to a certain extent. The third parties would have a incentive to make Yahoo users add their search modifications. This is expected to further increase the search traffic.

However, a similar option is available as a Mozilla Firefox addon called Greasemonkey.


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