Language English

Launched 2007
Closed February, 2011

Developer Yahoo Inc

Country of Origin US America

2007 - 2011 Yahoo Inc

Topic Universal

Region Australia

Technical functionalities
Federated Search
Blended results SeEn
RSS-based Search
Open source based search engine

Used SeEn

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Sergi Mínguez y Juan C. Dürsteler (2009): »Provides a new interface where the traditional list is related to other kinds of contents ( music, video, images, etc. ) using an internal categorization.« Source

Kevin Newcomb (2007): »Yahoo is testing a new search interface called alpha, which meta-searches several Yahoo properties, and also allow users to add their own search service via OpenSearch RSS. Alpha, spotted this week by tech blogger Amit Agarwal, is the product of a Yahoo Australia Hack Day, according to the Alpha blog. The search results page on Alpha are reminiscent of AskX. For example, a search for [New York Mets] on Alpha and the same search on AskX will show the main search results in the left column, with results from additional properties on the right. For Alpha, this means, Flickr, Yahoo Answers, YouTube, News Search, and Wikipedia by default. It also includes Yahoo’s sponsored links results. For AskX, the answers come from Citysearch, Pricegrabber, blinkx, blog and news search.« Source

Rick Broida (2007): »Yahoo Alpha search engine provides neatly organized results from the web, Flickr, Yahoo Answers and other sources. Specifically, Alpha generates a dynamic search-results page with modules that can expand or collapse. A search for soul goddess Amy Winehouse, for instance, produced the usual web-search results in the central module, with modules for Flickr, Yahoo Answers, YouTube, News, and Wikipedia alongside it. (Yahoo even relegates sponsored results to its own module—nice). Within any given module, clicking Next reveals the next batch of results without actually jumping to another page. It would be great if you could rearrange the modules in order of desired priority, or specify which modules to include, though I have to imagine those features are on the drawing board. You see, Alpha is—wait for it—currently in beta. And it has the slow, buggy performance to prove it. But see if you don't come away thinking this is the way search engines oughta be. « Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

See the blended results page here: Source


References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

alpha Frequently Asked Questions URL:
Robin Wauters (2007): Yahoo Alpha Search Launches Confusing Beta URL:
Kevin Newcomb (2007): Yahoo Alpha (beta) Tested Down Under URL:
Rick Broida (2007): Yahoo launches Alpha search engine URL:
Y! Alpha Beta's Blog (2010): Retiring of Alpha [beta] URL:
Bogdan Popa (2007): Yahoo Debuts Alpha Beta Search Engine URL:
Mike Boyds: Test Drive Yahoo! New Custom Alpha Search Engine URL:
DIGITAL INSPIRATION (2007): Yahoo! Alpha - Google Custom Search Engine Gets a Competitor URL:
Uche Ogbuji (2007): Introducing OpenSearch URL:

Created: 2018-03-03