Yahoo! search broken

Posted by Patrice Neff Fri, 01 Jun 2007

Apparently I’m in ranting mode today. Or just unlucky. I’ve used the Yahoo! search for a long time. But today I noticed what might be a bug or a deliberate change. The URLs are no longer communicated in full. See for example “this search result”:http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=sfp&p=rails%20plugins:

The link which is shown as just “wiki.rubyonrails.com/rails” actually goes to “http://wiki.rubyonrails.com/rails/pages/Plugins”. That’s a big difference and one I care about.

Anybody else having this problem?

Update June 4th: The problem seems to be resolved. Or maybe they are just doing some testing.

Firefox quick search

Posted by Patrice Neff Fri, 22 Sep 2006

scrshot_firefox_quicksearch.png A lot of people don’t know one of the nicest features about Firefox: quick search. In Firefox you can turn any bookmark into a search action.

For that just create a new bookmark and add the following properties:

  • Name: Whatever you like
  • Location: URL of the search but with %s where the query is supposed to be
  • Keyword: The shortcut you want for this search

So for example in the screenshot the keyword is tel. Now you can enter “tel kay in basel” to find all Kay’s in Basel. A few shortcuts I have configures are.

NameLocationKeywordExample
local.ch phone bookhttp://tel.local.ch/q/?q=teltel patrice in st. gallen
Yahoo! Searchhttp://search.yahoo.com/search?
ei=UTF-8&fr=sfp&p=%s
ss Webtuesday
map.search.chhttp://map.search.ch/%smapmap st.gallen
local.ch “map”http://tel.local.ch/%sdirdir st.gallen linsebuehlstr.

The name and keyword can of course be chosen to fit your needs. And the URLs are of course in one line, I had to break them here a bit because of display issues.

That’s how I search most of my information. Though with a few more shortcuts defined. Somehow I’m able to remember all or most them, strangely enough.

Deep deep links from Yahoo! to Wikipedia

Posted by Patrice Neff Sat, 25 Feb 2006

A deep link is a link to a page on a Web site which is not it's homepage. So for example linking to the about me site on my patrice.ch site would be a deep link. So how do you call a link to a section on a page? A deep deep link?

That's what Yahoo! search now does for .

Search for Switzerland and you'll get this:
Yahoo! result for Switzerland: Wikipedia entry

This result directly links to the subsections "History", "Politics" and "Direct democracy" of the Switzerland article. Now don't ask me what's the algorithm for selecting the subsections, but it's a pretty cool feature.

This is similar to the Google feature where will sometimes provide deep links into the site. I never use Google, so the only example I know is when you search for Stanford:
Google result for Stanford

Those links Admission, etc. link to other pages on the Stanford Web sites. That's an intelligent idea as well. Though again, I have no idea what algorithm this links are based on.

(Via Yahoo! search blog and they get bonus points for using coffee as the example.)