Thursday, June 30, 2005

Yahoo Launches My Web 2.0 Beta

The newest product from Yahoo called My Web 2.0 Beta is an interesting one indeed; it describes itself as Social Search Engine, something like del.icio.us meets Yahoo search, it allows you to save your favorite search results so that you can easily find them later, and also share them with other people.

You can tag your search results like del.icio.us so that it’s easy to navigate through your big search history, and also easy for other people to pass by your favorite pages.
And you can use this service to navigate through other people favorite sites, and keep up with the popular sites at any time.

Also this service promises to deliver more relevant search results based on your personal habits and relations in the social network, using the new method titled MyRank which is Yahoo’s new secret in the fight for more relevancy.

I’m surprised Google hasn’t done that earlier, since all the innovation comes from Google nowadays, and the social interaction in the web has been around for a while, and certainly it caught the attention of all great players in the market.

This new service is in closed-beta phase, only for a limited number of users; luckily I have access and will certainly experiment with it for a while, see how good it is or if the results will really improve, but I doubt that it’ll replace del.icio.us as a social bookmarking solution, as del.icio.us already has a huge community and a wonderful very simple Interface, in addition to tens of 3rd part tools that made it much more practical.

Here’s a quick Getting Started Guide, and you can read the FAQ for more detailed info, and finally here’s a blog dedicated for My Web 2.0.

Here’s more coverage:
My Web 2.0: Social Search from Jeremy Zawodny's blog.
Yahoo Blends Personal & Social Search with MyWeb 2.0 from Search Engine Watch Blog.
Search, with a little help from your friends from Yahoo Search blog.
Yahoo Social Search, Act II from Many-to-Many Blog.
John Battele interesting take on this new service.

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24 Comments:

Blogger Ivan Ičin said...

furl.net did what myweb does for ages (saving full text copy, searching full text). Did I mention that they were first to invent PeopleRank? Every relatedness with MyRank is excident.

Anyway, as furl.net exists for ages, it has much larger base of compiled texts, which is obviously advantage at the moment.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Omar said...

how would you define Social Search Engine?

5:05 AM  
Blogger Baher said...

I expiremented for a short while with furl so I can't give a whole comparison, but furl only allows you to search your saved web pages, or other peoples only, same like del.icio.us or spurl.

Yahoo My Web searches the whole web taking into consideration the sites that have been bookmarked by you or other people, and using their secret formula MyRank they organizes pages based on how closely users are related to each other in their social network and on their reputation for turning up helpful information.

And Yahoo chosed closed-beta so that they can analyze the outcome and optimize the system, they're not running after a larger base yet.

But as I said this service will not replace socail bookmarking ones (del.icio.us for me and furl for you).
It's a new idea, blending these services with usual search in the hope of serving more relevant results.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Baher said...

Social Search Engine: means it uses your personal preferences and other people preferences to help the search engine serve more relevant results to you personally.

That means with this service, everyone will be served different results depending on his specific profile, actually they’re the same results but with different organizing and priority, so that you can find what you want with fewer clicks.
How useful this new method is? Only time will tell.

I hope this answers your question Omar, if there’s anything else let me know :)

10:14 AM  
Blogger Stellar said...

Again you don't seem to fail to bring interesting new info. I should try these social search engines because it is a pain in the behind to lose what you found.

I'm going to check this my web soon. Should be fun.

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Blogger Omar said...

That was a great explanation. Now I see what you mean by being suprised about google not jumping all over this idea much earlier

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