|Country of Origin||US America|
|2007 - 2011||Yahoo Inc|
Blended results SeEn
Open source based search engine
|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.«
|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.
Features & Functionality
|See the blended results page here: Source|