Yahoo! Search BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) FAQ’s



Yahoo! Search BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is an initiative in Yahoo! Search to open up Yahoo!’s search infrastructure and enable third parties to build revolutionary search products leveraging their own data, content, technology, social graph, or other assets. This release includes Web, News, and Image Search as well as Spelling Suggestions.


  1. What is BOSS and what can it do for you?

    BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is an API to tap into Yahoo’s prized search infrastructure. It allows developers, start ups and established consumer Internet companies to leverage the power of Yahoo!

  2. How is BOSS different from other APIs?

    There are plenty of APIs out there in the search space. Some of them give you an iframe or a widget. The current Search API is designed for rapid development of search applications and mash ups. BOSS is an extension of that concept but for the first time developers can tap into our search infrastructure and build applications for commercial use without restrictions around presentation or ordering of results. You can take BOSS results, blend in your own secret sauce, and build a search engine of your own design, all without required brand attribution.

  3. Which search content can I find through BOSS?

    With this first release of BOSS developers can fetch search content for Web, News, Image, and Spelling Suggestions. Other search verticals and data sources are coming soon.



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