Yahoo Spruces Up its Search, Introduces ‘Accordion’ Module, Apps to Search Page and Shortcuts

Written By Sam on 7 October 2010

Yahoo looks serious about sprucing up its search mechanism and has launched the first in a series of search enhancements. Of the most prominent changes in the main search page are the addition of a new ‘accordion’ module at the top of search results and the introduction of ‘apps’ to the search page. Also worth noting are the news and entertainment shortcuts on Yahoo Search.

To ensure the search results allow users to discover relevant information, these shortcuts enable them to watch movie trailers, listen to songs from an album, see the latest photos, and read the latest tweets about certain topics — essentially spicing up the search experience. With introduction of apps to the search page, it is possible to buy movie or concert tickets for local venues from the search results page, or use QuickApp for Netflix to put movies in your Netflix queue.

The company has also improved web search for iPhones and Android devices with better organized results that leverage HTML5 technology. You might want to check the Yahoo Finance app to understand what we are talking about here. What’s more, a slideshow feature has also been added to its image search, where a user can see slideshows of images from a friend’s public Facebook albums after connecting the Facebook and Yahoo accounts. These slideshows will also feature public images from Yahoo’s content sites and from Flickr. The new features and tools have been rolled out immediately in the US and will be released globally next year. Reports claim that Yahoo is likely to add more transactional elements in search results in the future.

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