Yahoo! Search Serves Suggestions Closer to You

  • Posted September 2nd, 2010 at 7:00 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search, Search Tips

We’re making Search more intuitive by taking user context and applying it to the search experience. Today we are introducing an enhanced Yahoo! Search Assist, providing suggestions geographically closer to you as you type your query. 

Sitting here in our Yahoo! headquarters at Sunnyvale, if I type “santa” from Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California,  I get “santa clara county” as the first suggestion.

geosensitive suggestion santa

If I type the same query from my friend’s place in Santa Barbara, I get “santa barbara” as the first suggestion.

geosensitive suggestion santa barbara 

 Here’s another example that commuters in the New York and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas will appreciate: As I type “port au” from the New York area, I get “port authority bus terminal” and suggestions prioritized for New York’s Port Authority.

geosensitive suggestion port au 

 But if I’m in the Pittsburgh area, I’ll see more locally relevant suggestions like “pittsburgh port authority” and “port authority of allegheny county.”

 geosensitive suggestion pittsburgh

Yahoo! Search Assist helps you find what you need with fewer keystrokes by taking into account the location from which you’re searching.

Give this new feature a try and let us know what you think about geo-sensitive search suggestions in the comments section below.

Vivian Lin Dufour                                                                
Product Manager, Yahoo! Search

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