The Future of Vertical Search Engines


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This was presented at the www2009 conference in Madrid, Spain. It highlights emerging trends in vertical search engines and how the future sites will build new relevancy strategies.

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    1. 1. The Future of Vertical Search Engines Ted DRAKE Yahoo! France WWW2009, Madrid 22 April 2009
    2. 2. Yahoo! BOSS More Freedom - More Data - More Control Vik Singh - Yahoo! BOSS Architect
    3. 3. Yahoo! Query Language <ul><li>SQL-like syntax </li></ul><ul><li>Treats any API as a data table </li></ul><ul><li>RSS, XML, HTML, Spreadsheets, and more </li></ul><ul><li>oAuth gives access to personal information </li></ul>
    4. 4. Google App Engine <ul><li>Development Platform </li></ul><ul><li>Python, Java </li></ul><ul><li>Free for most uses </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Product Development </li></ul>
    5. 5. oAuth <ul><li>Open Standard </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Limited Access to Private Information </li></ul><ul><li>Username/Password are NOT Shared </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo!, Google, Twitter, Pownce, Bebo, Flickr, Digg, MySpace… </li></ul>
    6. 6. Yahoo! Developer Network Developer.Yahoo.Com <ul><li>Documentation: </li></ul><ul><li>SDK </li></ul><ul><li>API </li></ul><ul><li>YUI shared Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Design Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! And Open Standards </li></ul>
    7. 7. Past - Present - Future of Search Construction
    8. 8. Future of Relevancy
    9. 9. Location Based Relevancy <ul><li>Where am I? </li></ul><ul><li>Where am I going? </li></ul><ul><li>What can I find? </li></ul>Map generated by FirePin application on iPhone
    10. 10. Location Based Relevancy <ul><li>Fire Eagle: Standardized location and sharing platform </li></ul><ul><li>Live location tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Shared locations with friends </li></ul><ul><li>Mining Interesting Locations and Travel Sequences from GPS Trajectories for Mobile Users by Yu Zheng, Lizhu Zhang, Xing Xie and Wei-Ying Ma </li></ul>
    11. 11. Secondary Sources Wikipedia, Craigslist, Government Data… <ul><li>Blah </li></ul><ul><li>Foo </li></ul><ul><li>Blah Blah </li></ul><ul><li>Baz </li></ul><ul><li>Bar </li></ul><ul><li>Foo </li></ul>1. Foo <ul><li>Multiple sources to increase relevance </li></ul><ul><li>DuckDuckGo .com = BOSS + Wikipedia (and other services) </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding User's Query Intent with Wikipedia by Jian Hu, gang wang, Fred Lochovsky and Zheng Chen </li></ul><ul><li>OpenData: DataMob .org , TheInfo .org , InfoChimps .org </li></ul>
    12. 12. Real Time Events <ul><li>Tweet News : Twitter + News Search </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter users share most timely articles </li></ul><ul><li>Relevancy highlights tweeted stories </li></ul>
    13. 13. Internal + External Data Sources BOSS <ul><li> Tech Crunch Search : BOSS + Access to proprietary data </li></ul><ul><li>Create custom tables in YQL </li></ul><ul><li>Quicklink Selection for Navigational Query Results </li></ul><ul><li>by Deepayan Chakrabarti, Ravi Kumar and Kunal Punera </li></ul>BOSS “Vertical Lens” defines what internal data BOSS should index as well as your preferred external sources.
    14. 14. Offline Analysis Coloralo requests extra images, caches them, and analyzes them for relevancy. Coloralo finds coloring book images.
    15. 15. Vertical Focus <ul><li>Vertical Search Engines already have a niche audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Limit searches to appropriate sites: InsiderFood </li></ul><ul><li>Truevert creates a model of word relations in context to its niche: environmental. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Go Beyond the Web Site <ul><li>Desktop : Xobni for Outlok </li></ul><ul><li>Tools : Zemanta finds related information for blogs and emails </li></ul><ul><li>Modular : Create an application for Facebook, Yahoo, MySpace and more with the Open Social standard. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Go from Search to Action <ul><li>Keyword Finder uses BOSS keyterms to return the top 10 keywords used by successful sites for a query </li></ul><ul><li>Bossy returns a single answer to questions. Where is the Prado? Madrid. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Resources <ul><li>Yahoo! BOSS: </li></ul><ul><li>YQL: </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Eagle: </li></ul><ul><li>Google App Engine: http: //appengine . google .com </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon Web Services: </li></ul><ul><li>oAuth: </li></ul><ul><li>Open Social: </li></ul><ul><li>Open Data: </li></ul><ul><li>Alt Search Engines: </li></ul>
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