Next Generation of Yahoo! Local

Ever wonder how to find the best pizza in href="http://local.yahoo.com/?csz=San+Francisco%2C+CA&neighborhood=pacificheightssanfranciscoca">Pacific
Heights, or a great tailor in href="http://local.yahoo.com/?csz=New+York%2C+NY&neighborhood=tribecanewyorkny">Tribeca?
Tonight we unveiled our next generation href="http://local.yahoo.com/">Yahoo! Local, which is designed to
make it easier for you to browse community content and search by
neighborhood. With our new features and design, we showcase the
recommendations from YOU throughout the site. After
all, who knows better than you about your own neighborhood?

Start with our city pages, which we’ve built for every city,
neighborhood, and zip across the US of A. Our new city pages
highlight upcoming events, top user recommendations for restaurants
and other favorite local spots — all neatly plotted on a map of your
city or neighborhood. On our search results pages, check out the “User
recommended” refinement option to quickly see the best the area has to
offer according to the community locals.

Maps are now incorporated throughout the site to be there when you
need them but not get in the way when you don’t. For instance, on our
results page, hover over the small map to reveal a larger, interactive
map with icons that link to the detailed listing record page. You’ll
also notice that we have the option to refine location by neighborhood
in major cities and even support searching by neighborhood (see href="http://local.yahoo.com/?csz=San+Francisco%2C+CA+94133&neighborhood=northbeachsanfranciscoca">North
Beach in San Francisco).

There are a bunch of other upgrades including comprehensive
coverage of local events, a directory for browsing,
recent history of searches and listings viewed, top searches in each
city per week, more content culled from the web using YST, and the
ability to search by phone number. And it’s RSS enabled.

Of course, this is just the beginning, so please send over any
feedback or enhancement requests so we can continue to improve. What
you contribute to Yahoo! Local can make all the difference.

Brian Gil

Yahoo! Local

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