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.

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.)