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March 4, 2007

Yahoo Image Search Shows Recommendations

Yahoo seems to try anything to entice users to use Yahoo search as much as possible. They display anything from popular to related queries on their homepage, in ads, and in many other places.

Yahoo Image Search has a new feature that shows recommended queries at the bottom of each search results page. Yahoo looks at the most popular queries used by those who tried the current query. For MSN, the results were pretty good: Yahoo, Google, Hotmail and... funny, but I can't say the same for the attached images.

I've also noticed that Yahoo continues to show way too many adult images for queries that shouldn't trigger anything sexual (like Hotmail).

The idea of representing words or expressions with images is interesting and search engines should experiment more with showing images as answers for some queries. But the recommendations should be filtered for irrelevant queries, because popular searches like "funny" or "Britney Spears" tend to show up often just because they're popular.

{ Thank you, Ron Wilson. }

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