Get Richer Results with Yahoo! Search Assist

  • Posted November 24th, 2009 at 8:09 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

Today we are rolling out several new Search Assist features for the Web search boxes at the top of nearly every property on Yahoo!, including Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports, and Yahoo! Finance. These new features can take you directly to the information you need, whether it is real-time stock quotes or movie trailers. You can also get enhanced search suggestions and easily navigate to the Yahoo! property that fits your needs the most.

With today’s enhanced Search Assist features, you can get information you need about movies, sports, travel destinations, or stock price directly in the Search Assist layer. For example, type the stock symbol for Energy Select SPDR in the search box. The Search Assist layer displays real-time stock quotes for the company, as well as links to stock charts and news about the company.

When you type the name of an athlete, like Kobe Bryant, Search Assist shows news, game log, scores, and schedules. You can also see travel information when you type the name of any travel destination.

stock example

sports example

travel example

Another Search Assist enhancement launched todayis the ability to help you navigate to the Yahoo! property that best fits your needs. When you type the name of a Yahoo! property in the search box, the Search Assist layer displays a link to the property. For example, if you are using Yahoo! Finance and would like to check your email, type “mail” in the search box and you will see a link to your inbox in the Search Assist layer.

mail example

You can also type “news” to go to Yahoo! News, or even “U.S. News” to see a link to the U.S. News section of Yahoo! News.

Lastly, today’s new Search Assist features include a smart detection system that can take you to Yahoo! Image Search or Yahoo! News Search. For example, type Obama in the search box and the Search Assist layer shows links to Yahoo! Image Search and Yahoo! News Search to help you find news or pictures of the president.

images and news search example

From first launch of Yahoo! Search Assist in October, 2007, we have continued to enhance the Search Assist experience. In fact, the number of queries from Search Assist has increased three-fold since the product’s kick off. With today’s improvements, we hope to give you an even faster and more relevant experience.

Linda Wang, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo! Search
Drew Geishecker, Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Network Services

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