Web Software Architecture and Engineering – Life on the Bleeding Edge

The best way to describe this is to quote directly:
“BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is Yahoo!’s open search web services platform. The goal of BOSS is simple: to
foster innovation in the search industry. Developers, start-ups, and large Internet companies can use BOSS to
build and launch web-scale search products that utilize the entire Yahoo! Search index. BOSS gives you access
to Yahoo!’s investments in crawling and indexing, ranking and relevancy algorithms, and powerful
infrastructure. By combining your unique assets and ideas with our search technology assets, BOSS is
a platform for the next generation of search innovation, serving hundreds of millions
of users across the Web.”
“BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is different – it’s a truly open
API with as few rules and limitations as possible. With BOSS,
developers and start-ups now have the technology and infrastructure to
build next generation search solutions that can compete head-to-head
with the principals in the search industry. BOSS will grow and evolve
with a focus on providing additional functionality, tools, and data for
More details @ http://developer.yahoo.com/search/boss/.


Comments on: "Yahoo! Search BOSS Launched – "Build your Own Search Service"" (3)

  1. larry c. lyons said:

    how is this all that different from the Google Custom Search Engine? From what I see the offerings are pretty much the same. Both require you to display ads, although google does allow no ads, if you’re willing to pay. You can also limit the sites to search with the Google CSE, which is an option I didn’t see with the Yahoo API. One nice thing about the Yahoo offering though is using JSON


  2. I think there are slight differences in the business model and monetization later down the line. Not sure where it says it requires ads, but it can pretty white-label and offers a custom version also. I hope they put up a product comparison pretty soon.

  3. larry c. lyons said:

    I found the ad stuff when browsing through the FAQ:

    Will I make money by hosting the Yahoo! Sponsored Search advertisements in my search application?

    Yes. It will be a requirement to host our ads on your site. We’re building this technology into our platform and it is coming soon. Yahoo! Search will share the revenue produced through these ads with developers. In the meantime, the API is open for free use without ads.

    So you will have to display the ads on your site. Otherwise it sounds like an interesting setup. I’m interested in seeing how it pans out.

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