New BOSS in town! – Yahoo! Search BOSS V2 Launches

The new and improved Yahoo! Search BOSS is here and we can’t wait to have developers try it out.

BOSS V2 provides a unique combination of data, display flexibility and monetization to empower you, the developer, to build great applications. BOSS is our way of sharing our cloud and the data in it with you to foster innovation on the web. 

What is BOSS?

BOSS is a data API that gives you access to web search, image and news content for a low usage fee. There are no limits on how many times you query it, and very few limits on how you display and use it alongside other data.  It is not just a site search API, nor is it just a search API; it is whatever you the developer, dream a search offering to be.  What makes it extra special is that we offer you search advertising to help you make money. So make the Internet a magical place and remember that Yahoo! Search helped you do it.

In addition to the details on BOSS V2 that we first announced in October 2010, we provided the pricing details earlier this year and released the technical documentation last month. For the launch, we decided to throw in an additional service: Spelling.  A number of you asked us for this after our prior announcements and so we added it back in. We are only charging $0.10 CPM for it, which means we can answer 24,000 spelling queries for around the same price as the average espresso!

Ready to get started?

Visit the Yahoo! Search BOSS Page and go to the “How do I get Started section.” We have a helpful tutorial on how to sign up and documentation on using the API. If you have any questions reach out to us on the BOSS Yahoo! Group – we are always listening.  This release also means we are shutting down BOSS V1 this summer, scheduled for July 20, 2011.

For the past several months we have been working hard to keep BOSS alive and affordable. We will continue to make BOSS more useful to you through new features and services. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to your continued usage of BOSS.

Rahul Hampole and Nagesh Pobbathi

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