Tinkering with search.yahoo.com
My dad is a bit of a gardener and he's also recently taken up roasting tiny batches of coffee beans. The results, besides earning the title of Papa Barista from my sister in law, are some great coffee and tasty veggies. He's been tinkering on both fronts - in the short term, new types of coffee beans every few weeks, and in the long term he's changed the mix in the garden, putting in more garlic this year, probably to tie in with the bumper crops of basil he gets and his pesto making activities.
We've been doing a little tinkering of our own on the Search front page at search.yahoo.com. No surprise that the focus of the page is search, but we got requests to add mail and news to the page, so we tried to do so with minimal impact on those who weren't interested. The result? We added individual mail and news modules that you can show or hide at will, so now if want to see your mail status or news headlines (or both), you've got that option. If not, you can simply leave the modules hidden. The choice is up to you.
Since the response has been good, we'll continue tinkering. The latest change to the page is the addition of a link to My Web, our personal search engine that allows you to save, recall, and share information you find online (check out Kevin's post for more info). In the short term we'll continue to test some different links and in the long term maybe change the mix a little as to what is shown where.
What can I say? Like father, like son. Grab a cup of fresh coffee (skip the pesto for now) and check the Search front page out at search.yahoo.com - we hope you like it. If you think of something you would like to see on the page or a change you think should be made, by all means, leave a comment below.