Building with BOSS — New Products to Share

  • Posted September 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 pm by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: BOSS

It’s been two months since we began “opening up” the Yahoo! Search infrastructure with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS and we’ve already seen some great products created. We shared a handful with you last month, and we’re excited to see that the creativity hasn’t slowed down. From new vertical search engines to a personalized search platform, developers are using BOSS to come up with a range of new products. As we promised, below are a few more examples of the interesting products that have been built using BOSS. Currently focused on the European market, delivers comprehensive and centralized profiles including images, videos, phone numbers, email addresses, social networking, and Wikipedia profiles related to an individual. The site uses the XML BOSS interface to query Yahoo! Search’s image and web search index in real-time. Based on the geographic location of the user and semantic analysis, 123people applies ranking algorithms and presents results tailor-made to people search.

askBOSS: One of our very own, Saurabh Sahni, explored the use of natural language processing in image search, which has historically been limited to text search. His mashup, askBOSS, is an extension of Vik Singh’s QNA mashup and works by using the Mashup Framework to predict the answer to a user’s question and then queries the BOSS image search API for corresponding images.

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BuildaSearch: Using the BOSS Web Search API to generate customizable search results, BuildaSearch takes all the complexities out of building a search engine and allows you to control the name, look and feel of your search engine. For example, one of our team members designed a search engine to look for dog friendly activities in the bay area in just a few minutes. Engines built using BuildaSearch can be hosted on either their site or elsewhere on the web using an API provided by BuildaSearch.


Remember, if you’re building mashups, make sure to tag them with “bossmashup” on Delicious so we can discover them. We’ll continue to share new products that we come across. Hopefully, these examples will help to get your wheels turning. Happy building!

If you’re feeling inspired to start building today, sign-up for Yahoo!’s Open Hack 2008 and join your fellow developers. Please mark your registration with “Yahoo! Search” so we can save you a space.

The BOSS team

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