I'm a little surprised that people still ask me "when will you guys have RSS feeds available for your search results?"

The reason I'm surprised is that we've had those for months now. If you're a Firefox user, just try a search on any of the following and you should see the little orange icon light up.

And since the orange box lights up, that means we've got the auto-discovery tags embedded in those search result pages. And that means your aggregator should have no trouble subscribing to searches.

Posted by jzawodn at May 18, 2005 10:19 AM

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# David Beach said:

Maybe the question should be; "Why doesn't Yahoo promote RSS feeds for search results?"

I'm surprised we don't highlight this feature. Why do you think that is?

It should also be on product search.


on May 18, 2005 12:12 PM
# Nick W said:

Where are the links on SERPS?

If you want to use those urls, in a reader not embedded in FF, or for any other reason, they're a bitch to get to...

on May 18, 2005 12:20 PM
# Barry Schwartz said:

The link is at http://api.search.yahoo.com/WebSearchService/rss/webSearch.xml?appid=yahoosearchwebrss&query=star+wars&adult_ok=1

I noticed it as soon as I installed the new version of Safari and the RSS icon lit up.

on May 18, 2005 01:37 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

David: We will be promoting them. Fear not.

Nick: Do you use a reader that doesn't handle auto-discovery?

on May 18, 2005 02:34 PM
# Steven Romej said:

I didn't know Yahoo did this; it's pretty cool.

Jeremy, I enjoy your characterization of the orange icon. I had always said 'appeared' but I like 'lights up' better.

on May 18, 2005 06:25 PM
# Nick W said:

>>Nick: Do you use a reader that doesn't handle auto-discovery?

I currently use liferea for linux, but the problem is this: If i want to get to a RSS url, i have to either bookmark the feed as a live bookmark, then go find it's properties and copy the url that way, or i have to view the source to copy the url, then paste it into my reader.

It would be so much simpler just to have a link on the page to rss feed...

on May 18, 2005 11:58 PM
# Adrian Lee said:

How would I get it into Bloglines for example? I can do it from news.yahoo.com easily enough, because of the on-screen link. Bloglines is pretty popular, even if it's owned by your competitor, unless it's easy enough to add a feed to that, I'm not using it.

(I use Opera, and there's no add feed bookmarklet for that yet it seems, though maybe I should try the FF or IE ones)

on May 19, 2005 01:42 AM
# Ben said:

I think it's great Yahoo are leading the field in consumer lead news search (you could argue moreover.com where there first, but they are mainly b2b where-as Yahoo is clearly b2c).

However, I do see a number of bugs on the RSS service (I guess cos I use it a lot!). Eg take a look at this Yahoo News search results page:

Now click on the RSS and look at the stories returned - they are different!

The Yahoo server seems to truncate some of the query string on (not particularly) long search strings. I'm guessing it's a buffer overflow preventitive on a more highly-sensitive RSS application - but I don't know.

(I've emailed Yahoo News help who "can't replicate the problem", Mail-Id: 1116084383-8217)

on May 19, 2005 04:09 AM
# Luca Conti said:

I try with news search for "blog" but the rss feed did not work neither in Firefox, neither in Omea reader.


on May 19, 2005 07:04 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Luca, show the URL please.

on May 19, 2005 08:13 AM
# Chris said:

I know this posting was on RSS, but it made me tinker with the new Yahoo News page a bit. I saw that, as I moused over headlines throughout the sections on the main news page, the URLs to news stories were nice, consistent links like "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050520/..." with some slight variation based on the news source and the text of the headline itself at the end. These URLs seem like they would be reasonably permanant, and suitable for linking in blog posts. This looks true for all the news sections; Top Stories, US National, Politics, Business, Science, Technology, Health, Entertainment...

...except it's not at all true for the "Most Popular" section. Why not? I see that the links to stories in Most Popular, Most Viewed, and Most Recommended seem verrrry temorary. "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/911_internet_phones" is an example. The "Most Popular" news section is the only one with these weak links.

What gives?

on May 19, 2005 09:50 PM
# Lars Lindner said:

@Nick: For easy subscribing with Liferea just drop the web/blog/whatever page link from your browser into the feed list. The feed auto discovery should do the rest. If not please file a bug at SourceForge!

on May 22, 2005 06:43 AM
# Rajpal said:

I need yahoo Shopping rss. Please help

on April 27, 2007 04:03 AM
# Manoj Paul said:

Is there any rss feed(Site Link) which has image path too along with other contents?

on July 2, 2009 05:44 AM
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