Yahoo! Glue was a universal search experience that was trialled in India and has now been rolled out to the US – as a beta of course (taking notes from Google obviously).
So what is Yahoo! Glue about?
“This newest iteration is a standalone experience focused on assembling useful information from all over the Web, giving users a new place to discover and explore images, videos, articles and more.”
Essentially Yahoo! Glue uses an algorithm to crawl the web and collate all content about a particular topic, issue or theme. The goal being to enrich the search experience for Yahoo! users.
Yahoo! were quick to squash any rumors that Glue was intended to replace the existing search experience. According to the release post:
“…our intention with Yahoo! Glue(TM) beta is not to replace the Yahoo! Search experience in the US. We’re always challenging ourselves to explore innovative new ways to deliver great experiences…”
I’m not convinced it’s that valuable – especially while the topics are so limited. I understand it’s still early days, but the few searches I did brought up very limited results.
What do you think? Is Yahoo! Glue a logical alternative to Google’s universal search? Or is it just a novelty interface? Share your thoughts below.