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Yahoo the Platform

September 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The other day, there was a conversation in a comment thread about Yahoo BOSS. Today, I noticed this article on Mashable entitled “The Future is Yahoo the Platform“. It mentions BOSS, but what caught my eye was the Yahoo! Query Language (YQL). Skimming the documentation, I had the impression that it might allow functionality that I’ve never seen a web search API allow–namely, the ability to pick your own sort. To be useful (at least in my view), this has to be an operation applied before the results are truncated to the top results based on the search engine’s default ranking.

Does anyone here know more? I know we have some Yahoos among the readership.

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