Yahoo! BOSS is easy — meet Yuil

Updated Yet Again: Relaunched as 4hoursearch including the source code. See this blog entry.

Updated Again: Yuil is dead. However, you can always get the same great search results here.

Updated: Using Glue I was able to add some simple category functionality.

I’m sure everyone saw the recent announcement of a new search engine, Cuil. I thought I would have a little fun with it and put together a quick parody of it by mashing up their UI and Yahoo!’s search results. As usual, the biggest problems I had were related to my pathetic Python skills. I’d love to add the category stuff in (Yahoo! has that info as you can see in search assist) but BOSS doesn’t yet have that in the API.  But it does have web and image search and even search suggestions. Here is the one, the only, the amazing:

It was great fun to hack together. Check out the BOSS APIs. Maybe I should have converted the UI to YUI as well…

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  • http://blabtech.blogspot.com techdude

    Would really like to see something new developed from Sam, great knowledge it seems!

    http://blabtech.blogspot.com

  • http://www.sinaloghavi.net Sina Loghavi

    This was too fun and harmless to be pulled down. Maybe cuil was jealous that it actually workes better than theirs without millions invested.

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  • Shii

    Why did you take it down? Did it “dilute the brand”? No wonder nobody uses Yahoo, they’re a corporate bureaucracy.

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  • NoBS

    How lame is that… there you have the greatest publicity all over the web and all over the blogs… and the best possible PR and media advertising for Yahoo and it’s api – and trust me yahoo could needs some positive PR these days with the crap you buddy Jerry has been pulling – and right after all the major news outlets wrote about it you take it down.

    I wonder why, did marketing give you a call? if so someone should fire those Yahoo marketing dudes… and even if they didnt give you a call, for not giving you a call to leave it up.

    Publicity and advertising like this would cost you guys millions… and what do you guys do… shut it down…
    I hate to say this but you guys deserve where you guys are in the search war. There you do something right, something brilliant and you shut it down right before you can cash in on millions and millions of free editorial advertising and fun positive PR..

    Sorry I am just rather speechless by this ignorance…

  • http://www.yuil.com bill

    Once again, Yahoo!, by taking this down, proven that they are run by morons.

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  • netstarman

    Does yahoo have the right to be picking a fight with a new search engine at this point when other search engines like google , live search is way better than yahoo search. That’s a bad jab at a start up search engine that just might with a few clean ups and bug fixing some people will change there mind , i love a good parady but Yahoo just doesn’t need to be jabbing at other people new company. Yahoo stock wouldn’t be up if it wasn’t being sought after before by Microsoft. I like a good start of a new search company.

  • JP Kellog

    I’m no techhie but I use search engines a lot. And I think the biggest shortcoming in all of the top three is that
    they do not return the most recent/thus relevant content first. For example, if I search google or yahoo for “used j/80″ I’ll get several useful links but I rarely get up to date links. The above search returned two “way” dated links in the top five results–sorry but that is lame. I realize I could used advanced options,etc–but I still have this problem. It would be nice if someone were able to figure out a way to return the most recent (by date) first. JMHO. Thanks.

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  • http://kapilchhabra.com/ Kapil

    Cuil idea :)
    you could keep it up and about somewhere.

  • http://xiaob.yo2.cn/ xiaou

    NO on chinese…

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  • http://uberChicGeekChick.Com/ Kaity G. B.

    Yahoo didn’t take this down the “author” did. An example of a good idea “implemented” by a blogger looking for page ranks. A perfect example of all that’s wrong w/people who don’t get the internet or want to be part of anything real of any change. Another sap trying to use online culture purely in an attempt to make themselves feel relevant. I’d write more if anything that mattered was related to this site. Over all impact, I can finally nuke tech crunches rss feed. Linking here was the last laugh they have at my expense.

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  • http://www.karlonia.com/2008/07/30/search-engine-cuil-improves-results/ Karlonia – Cuil Results

    Apparently Cuil was not quite ready for launch during the first day or two – many medium long tail queries did not return results at all, and even general queries returned way fewer results than they should have considering Cuil’s claims of having indexed so many pages already. They did improve somewhat afterward, however, and seem to be picking up more results and increasing relevance as more people have been testing out the engine.

    In the long run, I hope they get things together and perform well enough to compete with the major search engines and then maybe do some advertising. I would like to see more serious competitors to Google in order to hold their power in check and encourage more transparency overall.

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  • http://www.us-edrugstore.com VPXL

    I’d write more if anything that mattered was related to this site. Over all impact, I can finally nuke tech crunches rss feed. Linking here was the last laugh they have at my expense.

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    Nice! Good work

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    Nice! Good work thank you

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  • http://www.NeXplore.com RoJo

    Fair is fair and Cuil is fairly cool and the media hoopla on the Cuil launch is well deserved and totally understandable (even if a bit harsh). After all, Cuil was built by a team of top-notch ex-Google engineers. But did you know that another new search engine — built by a team of top-notch ex-Google users — has surpassed Cuil in traffic this month? And with nary a lick of media love. Check out NeXplore Search (www.NeXplore.com) vs. Cuil (www.cuil.com) for the month of September using whatever website traffic comparison tool you prefer — Google Trends, Alexa, Compete, etc. Cuil’s focus — more algorithmic complexity. NeXplore’s focus — a more visually engaging and productive search results page. Seems pretty clear which approach real folk prefer…

  • hhhhh

    stop being a CLONE

  • hhhhh

    stop being a CLONE

  • http://apotek-online.org/ apotek online

    Jeg tror den største mangel i alle de tre øverste er, at de ikke vender tilbage til de seneste relevante indhold først.

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