Search Pad: Making Online Research Easier

  • Posted February 4th, 2009 at 9:00 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

If you’ve ever used a search engine as a tool to help plan a vacation, research a purchase, or find health information on an illness, you know how difficult it is to keep track of the relevant websites and notes you find. Today, we are testing a new feature called Search PadTM to help users effortlessly capture websites that they find on Yahoo! Search and organize that information to complete important tasks.

Our user studies show that people often use word-processing documents, sticky notes, emails, bookmarks (or a combination of the above) to record what they find on the Web. These methods can be quite cumbersome and require extra steps which are time-consuming and distracting. Search Pad tackles this problem by intelligently detecting users’ research intent, automatically collecting visited sites, and providing simple tools for users to organize and add notes – all in one place. Users can easily edit, delete, and re-order notes they’ve taken on a topic, and then print them out or email them to friends and family. They can also save the notes to access later by logging in with their Yahoo! ID. This helps to make online research much more productive and convenient.

Search Pad is currently only in testing and is not visible to all users. While our scientists and engineers are still working hard to improve the product before we bring it to everyone, you can take a sneak peek by checking out this quick video demo of Search Pad.

Watch full screen version of the video

Let us know what you think and share your experiences/suggestions around online research in the comments below.

Tom Chi
Senior Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Search

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