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Yahoo Monkeys with Facebook

Posted on 2.26.2009

I know, I know - again with the Yahoo! improvements. This time it's the search results that Yahoo!'s been monkeying around with. Yahoo! is now presenting Facebook profiles within search results - but the good times don't stop there.

Yahoo's enhanced results will display Facebook users, meaning users can add a friend, poke, send a message and view a person's friends directly from the search results pages.

This would not have been possible without Facebook sharing the structured data for this app by adding semantic markup to their public profile pages.

Here's how my own Facebook profile information appears in the SearchMonkey enhanced Yahoo! index:



You might think this is a privacy issue, but Yahoo made it clear that users will only see results for Facebook users who have enabled their profiles to be publicly searched and viewed. Another reason to be on Facebook? Absolutely - you can see how "universal" listings are starting to become. If you like the SearchMonkey app for Facebook in Yahoo! SERPs, you might also enjoy other social SearchMonkey apps for networking sites such as StumbleUpon, Delicious, and MyBlogLog.

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