Yahoo! Search Now Offers Suggestions

Yahoo! LogoYahoo!’s core service and search engine,[1] has been updated to provide suggestions to keywords that a user may be trying to search for.  For example, in the screen shot below, as I was searching for MyBlogLog, before I started typing in log, a pull-down menu appeared displaying some suggestions.Yahoo! Screen Shot 1
Yahoo! believes that this will allow users to search faster.  Yahoo!’s 2 biggest competitors, MSN and Google do not have the pull-down menus.  While MSN and do not offer suggestions, Google does offer “Did you mean:” suggestions after a search has been complete[2].

Making suggestions for users is essential.  I definetely agree with Yahoo! that suggestions does make search faster.  People write typos all the time and they want to recover quickly from it.  I believe it is time for MSN and Live to get with the program. 

[2] Google search for myblogolg (note: example of the “Did you mean:”)

[3] CNET’s Webware: Yahoo Plays Catch-Up With New Suggest Feature

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Yahoo! Search Now Offers Suggestions Comments

  1. jim says: has it built in too.

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