Yahoo imporves search engine

An article recently posted in the Economic Times, talks about how Yahoo has recently updated its search engine with better filters that should help users find what they are looking for easier by using advanced filters that weed out unrelated information. The article gave the example of using the word Paris and hotels in a search by saying that the new search engine will assume that the user is looking for hotels in Paris and not the latest gossip on Paris Hilton.

I think that this is a good example to demonstrate externalities. Because anything change that a search engine employs will result in externalities for users and/or the people or business that have websites and information posted on the internet. The new filters that Yahoo is using will result in positive externalities for say, the hotels in Paris and those people who are looking to travel to Paris. It will also have negative externalities for the celebrity gossip sites featuring gossip on Paris Hilton and users that are actually looking for celebrity gossip.

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Blake said...

Of course a change to yahoo's search engine and its filters will separate the two searches. A simple fix to this would be giving the person searching the option to search for people, places or businesses.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Deric and Blake for spelling errors.

I'd never thought about search engines as generators of positive and negative externalities. This is a really cool example that I will use for years.