Yahoo! Answers rolled out to mobile
Lawrence Kim from Yahoo! Search commented on the official blog how Yahoo! Answers content was made available to oneSearch Yahoo’s mobile search service.
Its been rolled out in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.
Lawrence Kim explains “Yahoo! oneSearch and Yahoo! Answers both offer platforms for searching — oneSearch with instant results to your queries from your mobile phone and Answers with the content of 350 million answers from over 95 million users worldwide.
We wanted to integrate these two methods of searching because we know that sometimes you need to tap people who are “in the know” when you’re trying to find a quick answer on the go.
Starting today, when you use oneSearch to conduct queries for advice or reference topics, the search results you’ll receive will include relevant answers from other Yahoo! Answers users all over the world, as well as the usual news headlines, images, business listings, etc.
When you search for opinions or recommendations from others, such as ‘What is the best apartment dog?,’ you’ll see a cluster of Yahoo! Answers results. And for factual queries like ’2008 Summer Olympics,’ your oneSearch results will show content from Wikipedia as well to give you a little something extra to chew on.
The oneSearch team also rolled out flight information search today, so flight status, times, gates, etc. are all accessible from your mobile phone.
Here’s how it works: If you search ‘United Airlines 90′ or ‘UA 90′ (or any other airline and flight) through oneSearch, you’re presented with a quick snapshot of the flight information. You can try it out here or text the query to 92466 (spells YAHOO) and we’ll return a text message with the same information.
Ultimately, oneSearch’s goal is to get you instant answers from a variety of sources and Yahoo! properties so you have the right information when you’re mobile. By adding sources like Yahoo! Answers, Wikipedia and flight info, we’ll be able to help users find opinions, suggestions and facts quickly and on the go.”