Oodle Partners with Lycos and Backpage

We’ve gotten a sneak peak at a new press release coming out later today from classified search engine Oodle. They’re announcing a new Oodle Partner Network and have signed up Lycos and Backpage as charter members.

Oodle search results are being incorporated into Lycos’ new classified marketplace, recently launched this week located at lycos.oodle.com.

“We’re excited about the launch of Lycos classifieds,� said Brian Kalinowski, chief operating officer of Lycos, Inc. “Not only can our users post classified listings for free but by partnering with Oodle, they quickly identify the most relevant listings, whether they were published on our site or elsewhere.�

Oodle results are also being added to backpage.com, a group of free community classified sites operated by local media outlets including newspapers, radio and television stations in 40 metro areas. This week results were introduced in Houston, Denver, LA, Cleveland, Tucson, Boston and San Antonio.

Cross-Browser Device Assessment Panel at Cre8asite Forums

Today is Marketing Pilgrim’s “Community Announcement” day. :-)

Kim Krause Berg is launching a new forum over at Cre8asiteforums entitled “Cross-browser Device Assessment Panel (CDAP)“.

The forum itself is designed for ongoing input and review. Those in the community who want to share their skills and knowledge with accessibility, browser issues, CSS, etc. will have plenty of opportunities to do so.

Anyone else need a shout out? Send me your announcements and we’ll send you the love.

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Yahoo Launches New APIs

Yahoo has just not quite made available new APIs via the Yahoo! Developer Network.

Yahoo! Photos API: In the coming months, a new Yahoo! Photos API to allow developers to build custom applications on top of the world’s largest photo sharing service(a). By opening up its API, Yahoo! Photos encourages the developer community and photo product providers to create value-added features and products for Yahoo! Photos’ 34 million users worldwide(a).

Yahoo! Shopping APIs: Based on developer feedback, Yahoo! Shopping has enhanced its APIs with a new browse navigation feature that helps consumers quickly narrow their product search by providing the user with a menu of sub-categories and product attributes to further refine their search results. A browse shopping experience with category and attribute based refinement can also be built, allowing users to drill down and obtain product results meeting their preferred product criteria.

Google Employee Search Lacking in UK

So if Google can’t attract top talent in London, it begs the question; where do all the smart people work in England?

Search Relevance is Dead!

I’ve been saying for a long time that the race for “relevance” among search engines is over. If you take the top 5 search engines, you’ll see that they all do about the same job of providing accurate search results. Instead, the race has moved on to who can launch the most features and products.

Anyway, a new study out of France confirms that Yahoo and Google are pretty much the same. The most interesting data is that, while true that most search engines are equal in relevance, they still all do a pretty poor job in satisfaction.

Google and Yahoo tied for first place, with a rating of 2.3, but the most striking result is undoubtedly the extremely low level of user satisfaction. None of the search engines even passed (2.5 out of 5)

Find Your Way to Ask Maps

Ask wants you to take the “taste test” and compare their maps tool to Google’s and Yahoo’s.

We believe our partners at GlobeXplorer have the most comprehensive and rich set of satellite and aerial imagery in the United States, and as some of you have noticed, in western Europe (check out this awesome view of The Louvre for all of you Da Vinci Code fans).