May I Suggest…

  • Posted July 11th, 2007 at 1:46 pm by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

…A faster way to find what you’re looking for. Introducing Search Suggest on Yahoo.com.

It works like this: When you do a search on Yahoo!, you’ll automatically be given suggestions based on what you have typed – as you’re typing. So, not only does this limit the number of words you need to type into a query, it may also present similar queries to shorten your searching time and get to what you’re looking for quicker. Search Suggest isn’t new, just new to Yahoo.com. We launched this feature in the Yahoo! Toolbar in Firefox a while back and you can get it directly from the Firefox 2 search box when you select Yahoo! as your search engine.

ss2.jpg

Let’s say I’m trying to keep up with our illustrious “governator” here in California. I type “arnold s” in the search box and the suggestions pop up Arnold Schwarzenegger, which saves me from trying to spell out his last name. Or, I’m watching TV and wonder what song is in the background of a commercial that just came on. Problem is that I only remember part of the company name, “journey diamond”. I type it into our new search box, and “journey diamond jewelry commercial song” is suggested right away – problem solved. Of course, the assistance it provides when I attempt to find some new bicycle tires, “mavic ksyrium” just after the first few letters, “mavic k” is much appreciated. Not only does the feature eliminate my embarrassment of misspellings, it makes for a much more efficient search experience.

The nice thing about the suggestions is that they’re not obtrusive, so if you already know what you’re searching for, you can overlook the suggestions without them getting in your way. But, when you experience those brain dead moments like we all do, it’s the type of feature that just might get things moving again. If you don’t like change, you can turn it off altogether by simply selecting “disable” in the bottom right corner of the drop down menu. And, if you’re having regrets, you can reinstall it by selecting “more” above the search box.

Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

UPDATE: Thank you for all of your feedback. We appreciate you working with us and apologize for any annoyances you’ve experienced with the “disable” feature while we’ve been working on a fix. As noted in the comments below, the bug has been fixed, so you should be able to disable the Search Suggest feature without any problems. Please keep us informed if the problem persists.

Kevin Lee
Yahoo! Search

  • 26 Comments
  • Subscribe
back to yahoo! search

subscription options

Facebook Fans

latest posts

archives