I discovered from Lawrence
Lessig that Yahoo! has recently launched a
new search tool that only searches work licensed under the Creative Commons
license meaning it is free to use and build upon (usually with some restrictions).
This is an incredibly useful tool for anyone who does any type of writing or
publishing (including, of course, bloggers).
I really like what I’ve been seeing from Yahoo! lately. I think a lot of people
have considered it a foregone conclusion that Google was going to own search and
the communities around it. I like to see companies like Yahoo!, Microsoft,
and Amazon saying "Not so fast." I think Yahoo! has been most aggressive
in their positioning lately (Y!Q
contextual search, Firefox
support for their toolbar, public search
etc.), and I think they probably have a better understanding of community than
almost anyone. I expect that we will continue to see impressive tools and services
from Yahoo! in the future as the competition for search and community continue
to heat up.