Yahoo: New Index “Highly Competitive”

In response to Google's release today, SVP/Search Jeff Weiner told me: "We are extremely confident our index size is highly competitive." My read on that statement is that when Yahoo unwraps its new search technology, the index will be at least 6 billion strong, if not larger. Weiner took pains…

In response to Google’s release today, SVP/Search Jeff Weiner told me: “We are extremely confident our index size is highly competitive.” My read on that statement is that when Yahoo unwraps its new search technology, the index will be at least 6 billion strong, if not larger.

Weiner took pains to add that “comprehensiveness” – ie big indexes – is only one piece of the total search quality puzzle. While the arms race to the largest index is something of a perception game, it’s an important one nevertheless. It’s inescapable: size does matter.

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

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