With Google announcing a number of changes recently the noise from the other search engines, or lack of it, has been noticeable. It is therefore good to hear Yahoo announce a range of improvements to its image search preview pages, with the hope that these should make the pages easier to use.
The changes to the image search preview pages are immediately obvious on entry, with the now familiar (sleeker in Yahoo’s words) navigation interface which includes:
- Search box with the now familiar search assistance
- More image search results within the preview facility, which allows greater browsing between results
- Suggestions based on queries from other users making similar searches
New Results pages
The Old Results pages
The new image search results pages are a significant improvement on the previous pages, and more in keeping with the browsing experience of the main Yahoo results themselves. The improvements as yet do not appear to have propagated outside of the US, however I for one will be hoping we see a roll out of these further afield.
Whilst the improvements are nothing earth shattering , it does at least show that the search product is not standing still. It’s not going to get the other search engines quaking in their boots, but its a start.
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