By Ed Oswald | Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 10:38 am
Yahoo is adding a new feature to its search engine that it hopes will attract researchers to its product. Called Search Pad, the offering aims it make it easier to capture and organize information culled from search results. The feature could be useful if you spend a lot of time on search engines for research purposes.
The company plans to launch the feature at midnight, so if you want to check it out you’ll have to wait until then.
Essentially Search Pad would detect when a users is performing research, and offer options to save information in a central place. For example when research begins, links and thumbnails to websites are automatically saved. From there, the user can organize the information as they desire. Free-form note taking is also available.
If you see something that you’d like to include on the Search Pad that is not automatically added, drag and drop functionality will allow that, Yahoo says.
From there, if the user wishes to share their notes, printing and e-mail options are offered. Yahoo has also added social networking features, allowing Search Pad information to be shared over social networks such as Delicious, Facebook, and Twitter.
I’m not exactly sure whether Search Pad is a big enough feature to cause any great shift in market share to the #2 search engine, however it is something different. Differentiating yourself is a good thing these days.