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Yahoo Launches Search Pad... or Should We Say Scrape Pad
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Yesterday, Yahoo began testing a new feature called Search PadTM to (as Yahoo describes) help users effortlessly capture websites that they find on Yahoo! Search and organize that information to complete important tasks.

According to Yahoo research, people often use word-processing documents, sticky notes, emails, bookmarks (or a combination of the above) to record what they find on the Web. Yahoo Search Pad works to understand user intent by detecting users’ research intent, automatically collecting visited sites, and providing simple tools for users to organize and add notes – all in one place.

There has already been some backlash about the tool as many feel that Search Pad is simply a glorified scraping tool. As a result you may want to consider blocking Search Pad from potentially scraping your site's content.

We should mention that Search Pad is currently only in testing and is not visible to all users. Here's a brief demo as provided by Yahoo:


Yahoo's Official Announcement about Search Pad

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posted by Jody @ 8:18 AM  
1 Comments:
  • At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Chris said…

    Blocking the Scraper might be a good idea. Can we do that with REP? Do you know the user-agent?

     
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