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Yahoo Offers Inquisitor Suggestion Tool for IE and Firefox

Previously Only Available For Safari

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Yahoo announced today that it is taking its popular Inquisitor plug-in from the Safari and offering it for Internet Explorer and Firefox as well. Inquisitor brings up suggestions when you type something into the search box, much like Yahoo’s own Search Assist or Google Suggest.

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Inquisitor is a bit different, however, whereas the other two will provide suggestions for actual searches, Inquisitor will bring up specific websites as suggestions. A post on the Yahoo Search Blog says:

Building on the work by the Yahoo! Research team in the paper "Information Re-Retrieval: Repeat Queries in Yahoo! Logs," the algorithm that generates the personalized results has been enhanced to return more targeted results.

We’ve also included a bookmark-based retrieval feature for IE. So, if you are looking for a page you bookmarked a few months ago, say an expense report guide on your local Intranet, you won’t need to fumble around your hundreds of bookmarks and folders to find that page. A simple search in Inquisitor will bring it right up.

Is this going to be the revolutionary search feature Yahoo is looking for in its ongoing struggle to compete with Google? Probably not, but it’s a handy enough feature that some users will find useful. Clearly Safari users have already enjoyed it.

Yahoo Offers Inquisitor Suggestion Tool for IE and Firefox
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  • http://www.petermonroe.com/p-monroe/ Peter Monroe

    I am not sure I like this.  It seems like yahoo is moving down the path of usurping its own serps.  What is the use of that? 

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