Might this meanthe personal page is back? Google closed its, MSN has given noticed. But Yahoo does the opposite – it has announced a new MyYahoo! Mail, weather, pictures, flights etc. Not evident yet at Yahoo Canada.
Your favorite things in one awesome place, the new My Yahoo, Yahoo Tumblr (Sept)
The refreshed design gives you a sleek, tailor-made starting page to access your email accounts, calendars, stock portfolio, sports scoreboard, weather, Flickr, and of course your favorite content — from Yahoo and around the Web.
Mozilla has a short and very useful tutorial on using the Bookmarks toolbar for keeping frequently used bookmarks. Using this toolbar will save you time. Just add to it the sites you use most – and never hunt through bookmarks again or use up time at a search engine trying to recover the url.
Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar
Bookmarks Toolbar – Display your favorite websites at the top of the Firefox window, Mozilla (Sept) – includes a video on the how-to.
Google’s Custom Search has added a new feature to help in defining the search rules. Custom Search – or CSE – is the capability to create your own topical search engine – use it for your own research or add it to your website for others.
Suggested Sites for CSE at Google Custom Search Blog (Sept 12)
This feature recommends more url patterns relevant to the ones you already have in your search engine. We also provide a set of sample pages for each of the recommended patterns.
The dictionary “define” at Google has more to offer. Quickly get definitions by using define
Google displays the definition from dictionary when available – and a new downward chevron will bring up more esoteric information about the word. If the word is not in the dictionary, Google picks up definitions from the web.
See Daniel Russell’s posting – New Dictionary Service (Aug 23).
Soon the search tool will be anticipating what we want to know and send the answer to us. This is the promise of Google Now, an app for mobile devices.
Used To Searching For Content? Now, Content Searches For You by Barbara Starr, Search Engine Land (Aug 15)
Google knows enough about location and your interests to predict the question and display a Google Now answer card. Technology for entity analysis that underlies Knowledge Graph is the base for this as well. This may change the game for search, design, and SEO. Websitedesigners are advised to:
Mark up as much content as you can
Ensure you leverage authorship status and publisher information in Google
Mark up information even in advance.
I thought toolbars were passé – but Yahoo has a new one. This one works wtih Chrome, Firefox and IE
Yahoo Releases A New ToolBar Designed For Quick Access To Weather, Email & Social Networks Marketing Land (Aug 15)
With an updated look and feel, the new toolbar allows users to access search, bookmarks, email, local weather, news and social networks with one click. Users already taking advantage of Yahoo’s toolbar only need to do an update.
You may want to write out characters by hand to be translated. Google Translate can handle that.
Sometimes It’s Easiest to Just Write It Down, Google Translate Blot (Jul 24)
Handwriting input lets you translate a written expression, even if you don’t know how to type the characters. For example, suppose you see the Chinese expression “饺子” and want to know its meaning in English, but have no idea how to type these characters. Using the new handwriting input tool, you can simply draw these characters on your screen and instantly see the translation.
Bing will provide snapshot information for autosuggest items in the search bar.
Bing Autosuggest Expands, Bing Blogs (Jul 17)
Building on People Autosuggest, today we are expanding the number of categories that will show up in autosuggest to include brands, movies, albums, places, software, sport teams, animal species and more.
Watch for the chevron > beside the autosuggest item – hover over it with mouse to make capsule answer appear to the right. Very nice.
Daniel Russell, Google’s search master, defended Google’s dropping the ~ synonym operator in What happened to the tilde ( ~ ) operator? (Search Research, July 2).
He explained Google has an “automatic synonym code” that will expand all words and do so relative to the actual query. “By contrast”, he wrote, “the way ~ operator used to work, it would add synonyms irrespective of context, so they might radically change the meaning of queries. ”
But he gives a second reason — resources. The ~ consumed too many of them. Dropping it “frees up resources for us to do something even better and more globally useful while also making the vast majority of ~ queries be much better.” And what might that be and when will we see it? In the last year we’ve been seeing more removal of features than adds.
New search alerts from Yahoo announced in Yahoo’s Tumblr Blog. – alerts are delivered to email.
Yahoo! Search Alerts for Web Search, Images, and Video are joining our existing family of Alerts for News, Fantasy Sports, Horoscopes, Stocks, Travel Destinations, and Weather. This is currently available on Yahoo Search in the U.S. (and coming soon world-wide).