Yahoo today unveiled another update to its search results page, just after the one from last month that added a dedicated Facebook tab. Once again, Facebook gets to play a major role in the company's improvements to its main product.
Since last month's Image Search update, Yahoo says it has added a larger pool of Facebook images to also include public profiles and fan pages, a richer Latest pictures experience with more Yahoo content, and better recommendations at the end of galleries. As you can see in the example screenshot above, you can click on the Facebook tab in the left rail to get the most popular public Facebook albums for your search query.
The Facebook tab only appears if you have connected your Facebook account with Yahoo search and if your search results include matches from your Facebook friends' names, photo album names, or album descriptions. Yahoo has slowly been warming up to Facebook in the last year or so, and most recently it seems to be putting the social network front and center in its various products and services. I'm curious to know if its users are tech-savvy enough to connect their social network to their search engine.
- Yahoo redesigns image search, adds a dedicated Facebook tab
- Bing adds more Facebook features to Social Search
- Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar
- Google Social Search is still missing Facebook
- Microsoft starts providing search results to Yahoo