PlayerSearch Blog

by Ted Kasten, Founder of PlayerSearch

PlayerSearch Spotlight on Yahoo BOSS

PlayerSearch is spotlighted in a recent Yahoo Search Blog post on “What’s Being Built with BOSS”.

After Yahoo released their latest open search initiatives under Yahoo BOSS, we quickly (and easily) changed the web search component of Player Search to leverage their open search APIs. They have a great tool set that was very easy to build on. Users will never know where we get our web search results as they are seemlessly integrated into our site…which is great for our branding and improves the user experience by minimizing clutter. We can also sell our own ads alongside the results which is critical for our business model.

I am a huge fan of the open search APIs that Yahoo and Microsft provide. I am hoping these innovations enable them to compete better with Google…if that happens, they will be highly incented to continue innovating and supporting other search start-ups such as PlayerSearch.

How we use Yahoo BOSS:

Yahoo BOSS powers our “Web Links” search results. For most player searches, these links end up being for the player’s page on WikiPedia and some other major sports sites such as NFL.com or ESPN as well as the player’s personal website if they have one. The links are great and definitely helpful, particularly for searches that we don’t know (“open search”). Searches for players that we do know (such as Brett Favre), we can add a lot more to the search results such as breaking player news from local and national sources, stats, performance charts, game highlights from NFL Network, clips from ESPN’s SportsCenter, press conferences, fan generated videos on YouTube, photos, fantasy stats and much more. We have existing sports focused products (www.draftanalyzer.com), so we are familiar with the sports market and will continue to build on top of Yahoo BOSS and other APIs to improve our sports focused search.

Additional Coverage:

TechCrunch writes “Yahoo’s Search Blog has posted a list of some of the most promising new web apps being built using its BOSS search platform.”

CNET writessome of the more interesting mashups are aiming to aid niche Web users. For sports lovers, the PlayerSearch sports search engine pulls in content from a host of sources”

SearchEngineWatch.com “There was one app that did just fine – PlayerSearch. This BOSS app is great for sports fans – especially Fantasy Sports fanatics. This site worked just fine. Have at it, sports junkies.”

KillerStartups.com writes Imagine a place where you could go to get the latest sporting news from the best resources on the web. You can stop imagining it, because Playersearch.com is here.”

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August 7, 2008 Posted by | Innovations in Search | | Leave a comment