I recently started to use Yahoo as my default search engine. The reason is mostly just to see if they can be an alternative to Google, which just gets a little bit too omnipresent for my taste. I know, Yahoo will also happily mine all user data and profile information it can get. But they are not on as many web properties as Google, and are a better supporter of open source (possibly out of necessity). So, why not give them a try?
Anyway, the search results are fine, but the image search? Forget it!
As an example, search for 'Apple 2' on Google and then on Yahoo. Click on 'images' to see the image search results. While Google will show pages of photos of Apple computers, Yahoo shows three images if the Apple 2, followed by ... apples. You know, the fruit? I would have thought that 'Apple 2' would be a strong enough indicator of what I'm looking for, but no such luck.
Another test: Do an image search for "Infobar 2 KDDI handset". That's a new, fancy mobile phone from Japan. Anyway, on Google you get pages of mobile phone images again, not all of them showing that particular model, but at least it is there on the first page. On Yahoo? Nothing at all! It's like they never heard of it before. Interestingly, the normal web-search on Yahoo reveals results. Looks like their image extraction algorithms are quite poor.
I like Yahoo as a search engine, but they really need to get their image search into working order...
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Comment by chakkaradeep, on 6-Oct-2007 17:43
I would suggest you to look into their advance search options and you will get to know the difference. The search handled by every search engine is different. Google is so friendly that it adds the default way it would suggest you to search than you making any queries to your search text.
Coming to your "Apple 2" image search.
In images.google.search, after searching for "Apple 2" (with the quotes) it searches related to the exact phrase and I get many apple (fruit) pictures , lol. But if you search just for Apple 2 (removing quotes) the result is related to the exact phrase and I get all those Apple Corporation's Apple desktops and related to them.
Do the same test with Yahoo Image Search and you will see the difference
Comment by chakkaradeep, on 8-Oct-2007 11:18
Yea, I agree, Yahoo takes exact phrase as the default one but google takes the opposite.