For the longest time, I've used Yahoo! Yellow Pages when I needed to find something in a specific area. But in the last few weeks of playing with the internal beta of Yahoo! Local, I've been pretty happy. In almost all cases it's at least as good as YP, but usually a lot better. The ability to selectively refine a result set is very handy when you get too many results. And the "View Results on Map" is something I wish we had a long time ago.
It looks like the version launched still has a couple of the usability quirks that I hoped would be fixed by now (like not being able to click column labels to re-sort the results instead of using the non-intuitive menu control), but hey.... It's a beta, right? :-)
Anyway, give it a try. Even with that omission, it seems to beat the pants off "similar" services that I've mentioned before. Despite my best efforts, I've yet to get random strip clubs in the results.
I'm especially interested in hearing about surprising results or searches for which we don't do a very good job. I'll pass the info along to the Local team. Of course, other bug reports are welcome too.
Update: I see that John Battelle is reporting on it now too. He "found it pretty damn good." Excellent.
Posted by jzawodn at August 03, 2004 09:23 AM