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Yahoo Announces Winners Of Y!Q Contest

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Recently, Yahoo launched the Y!Q contest to see who could make the best use of this service though integrating it onto their web site. Well, the contest has officially closed and Yahoo has announced the winners.

Yahoo Announces Winners Of Y!Q Contest

The Y!Q challenge awarded those who made the innovative use of Yahoo’s contextual search service. Because Y!Q can be imbedded into a web page, the FAQ describes it as a service that allows users to search from these pages in order to avoid interrupting your train of thought. In comparing the difference between this and normal search, the FAQ also says:

2. A regular web search only uses your search term or “query” to find what you’re looking for. Y!Q uses both your query and information on a webpage to determine the “context” of your search. Using this “context,” Y!Q provides exactly the type of information you’re looking for. A traditional search does not utilize context and isn’t a contextual search.

The Y!Q winners were announced by Jeremy Zawodny on the Yahoo Search blog and they were tested on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: How effectively have you set context so that Y!Q produces results with maximum relevance?
  • Prominence: How prominent is the placement of Y!Q on your site?
  • Placement: How creative and intuitive are the placements of Y!Q icons on your site?
  • Usefulness: To what degree does Y!Q enhance the overall user experience on your site?
  • The following are the winners and brief descriptions of why their submission was rewarded:

    Third Place:

    Site: Particletree.com

    Implementation by Kevin Hale, Chris Campbell, Ryan Campbell

    Particletree did a tremendous job with prominence, topping all entrants with heavy visual customization that integrated the look and feel of their Y!Q implementation with the rest of their site. Y!Q links were also included on most of the articles on the site, and in many places within each article, something undoubtedly made simpler by their implementation of “Lazy Linking,” an integration of Y!Q with the TextPattern content management system that they use.

    Second Place:

    Site: Owensperformance.com

    Implementation by Irvin Owens Jr

    Owensperformance did a great job with prominence, with Y!Q links being available for all article headlines on the home page, as well as the detailed articles. Relevance was also a strength, with context being set fairly effectively in most cases. The combination of effective prominence, relevance and the nature of the content on the site contributed to strong overall usefulness.

    First Place

    Site: Geekextreme.com

    Implementation by Gil Rutkowski

    Geekextreme did a solid job with relevance, perhaps aided by their development of a Y!Q Mambo that integrates Y!Q with the Mambo content management system. The integration provided a simple way to set context for Y!Q and it appears they have taken full advantage of it to their benefit, and to the benefit of visitors to their site. Prominence was aided by a nice visual customization for the overlay. The frequency of fresh content on the site, combined with the solid relevance resulted in great overall usefulness.

    Courtesy of the Yahoo Search blog.

    In order to see why these sites were chosen, pay them a visit and check out how they implemented Y!Q. Is this a “service” you would consider offering on your site?

    Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.

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