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Yahoo Drops Arrows (►) From Results

Discussion in 'Yahoo' started by digitalpoint, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. #1
    Noticed today that Yahoo decided to drop the arrows in the page titles of their search results (Google did this a little over a year ago if my memory serves me correctly).

    MSN still allows, it but I bet it will follow suit and drop them soon too.
     
    digitalpoint, Mar 30, 2005 IP
  2. chachi

    chachi The other Jason

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    #2
    Then I won't be able to pick out the DP copycats :)
     
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    #3
    Yeah, I noticed it too.
     
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    #4
    Hrmmm... Could you perhaps elaborate a little on this topic please.
    I really have no idea what this is about - maybe I've overlooked something that was starring me in my face?

    (yeah.. :p I'm referrering to arrows in page titles)
     
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  5. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #5
    The Yahoo API still returns results with the arrow BTW.
     
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    fryman Kiss my rep

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    #6
    What's the use of the arrrow anyway?
     
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    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    I think it attracts attention to the listing? I know on some google searches you get those with a sun thingy in the front. Gets my eye there right away, even if its not #1
     
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  8. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #8
    Yeah... the tricky thing about the arrow though is it doesn't require unicode to be installed (which isn't installed by default with Windows). All the other trick characters do.
     
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    What sun thingy? Do you have an example?
     
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  11. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #11
    Hmmm... interesting, maybe they just dropped it if the title starts with the arrow.
     
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    TheWebJunkie Banned

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    #13
    About time yahoo did this :) hope msn follow suit soon.
     
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  14. ferret77

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    #14
    google was letting it in if it wasn't the first character in the title

    for a couple weeks, now its gone again
     
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    #15
    I normally avoid sites with special characters... too spammy for me.

    But from a technical point of view, I would think that the standalone characters are treated as words and therefore would substantially reduce kw density. However, since these sites are acheiving #1 spots, logic would dictate that they don't really have much effect on density.

    So, are special chars treated as stop words?
     
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    #16
    I am still seeing the arrows for titles starting with it.
     
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  17. ferret77

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    #17
    I would say those character have increased my income by more then a thousand a month

    either that or its a slow day
     
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  18. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #18
    You have an example of one? I'm not seeing any.
     
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    #19
    see them still on non index pages
     
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  20. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #20
    Hmmm... I don't... you have an example?
     
    digitalpoint, Mar 30, 2005 IP