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Yahoo Updates Local Search Offering
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The other day we listed the top 40 Yahoo blogs. Amongst the list entering at position #16 was the Yahoo Local and Maps blog. On Tuesday, Yahoo! (YHOO) launched an updated version of their Local Search product that will now feature more user-generated content, including reviews. The new and improved Yahoo Local provides search mechanisms for leisure activities, such as movies and events in city-specific weekend guides.

According to Yahoo!, the new Yahoo! Local is:
where opinions of the people in the community take center stage. Now it's easier than ever to share your local business experiences with your neighbors and discover hidden gems in your city.

Here are some of the great features of Yahoo! Local:

  • Local City Guide - where you can review the most popular search for your city, check out the current events such as music, performing arts etc taking place, review maps and find out the buzz about yout city.
  • Weekend Guide - plan your weekend and put all of your options in one convenient place so you can maximize your time off.
  • Featured AD Listings on Yahoo! Local - Get ahead of the competition with a featured listing on Yahoo! Local. Attract more attention with bigger, better placement, photos, and more.
  • Browse by Category
  • Recent Reviews Near You - you can write a review of a local business and "help out your neighbours"
  • Neighborhood Groups - need a recommendations? Using neighborhood groups you can as a neighbor in a local group near you.
  • Neighborhood Collections - Discover interesting places to go by browsing lists of local favorites.
  • Area Maps - view your whole city in a new way with the satellite view of maps. Also see what traffic looks like and find Wi-Fi hotspots with the area maps section.
  • City Resources - near the bottom of my Yahoo local home page there are three sections featuring local resources, Advertiser Resources and Kelowna Resources. Within the Kelowna resources I can see items for sale, jobs, movies, news, people search, personals, Kelowna real estate etc.
I really like the improvements to the Yahoo Local. The addition of the social community aspect just makes sense doesn't it? Great stuff from Yahoo! Here's what the Yahoo Local page looks like for Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Here's a look at the Weekend Planner for Kelowna:


posted by Jody @ Thursday, August 16, 2007  
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