A Five Star Partnership: Yelp’s Reviews and Ratings Are Now on Yahoo Search

By Anand Chandrasekaran, Senior Director, Product Management

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Yelp.

Now when you use Yahoo Search to look up a local business in the U.S. on your smartphone, tablet, or PC, you’ll see user reviews, business information, and star ratings from Yelp. We’ve also added a new photo viewing experience to show high-quality photos from Yelp, other partners, and the businesses themselves.

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At Yahoo, we’re always looking to build great partnerships to provide a richer experience for our users. That’s why we’re especially fired up to add trusted user content from Yelp, bringing more business listings, more photos, and more reviews to the recently-refreshed Local Search and Yahoo Maps experiences. With information and photos for retail chains, mom and pop shops, spas, doctors and hospitals, restaurants, and more, Yelp is a welcome addition to our roster of local content partners.

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Finger Lick’n Good BBQ

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SXSW is in full swing and people are checking out the interactive, film and music scene this week. But just as important is the incredible Austin food scene, particularly [franklins bbq] and [salt lick bbq], the two most searched for BBQ restaurants in Austin, TX.

Beyond Austin, Yahoo users around the country are craving BBQ. Over the past month, you’re searching for [bbq sauce], [bbq smokers], [bbq ribs], [bbq chicken pizza] and [bbq pork chops]. While some of you aren’t yet ready to break out your grills and smokers, you’re looking to visit BBQ hot spots. Some of the top-searched BBQ joints throughout the country include [dinosaur bbq], [lucilles bbq], [dickeys bbq], [sonny’s bbq] and [rudys bbq]. Who’s ready for some BBQ!?

10 Hottest Spring Break Spots on Yahoo

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Sunshine. Best Friends. Toes in the sand. Clearly some fun in the sun is on our minds as [when is spring break 2014] is spiking by 27% this week on Yahoo. Whether you’re headed to Mexico or staying local, you can do no wrong in choosing a spring break destination. But what are the hot spots that 18-24 year olds have been searching for over the past month? Let’s check out the top 10 spring break havens on Yahoo:

  1. Miami - The top searched destination for spring breakers, Miami known for it’s elaborate nightlife, beautiful beaches and fun activities
  2. Panama City - Another Florida city, this hot spot is paradise for thousands of students known as “the spring break capital of the world”
  3. Lake Havasu - This location might surprise you, but with it’s social atmosphere on top a boat, Havasu is a prime location to have some fun
  4. Cozumel - An Island in the Caribbean sea off of Mexico, spring breakers can relax in paradise
  5. Cancun - A consistent destination year after year, filled with classic spring break activities and in the sands of Mexico
  6. South Padre Island - For those closer to the midwest, this sunny location in the Lone Star State comes with white sandy beaches and warm temperatures
  7. Daytona Beach - Another Florida city makes the list 
  8. Punta Cana - Located in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is an international draw with it’s turquoise blue waters 
  9. Bahamas - Just off the US coast, spring breakers can relax and enjoy beautiful scenery and numerous local restaurants and activities 
  10. Cabo San Lucas - Commonly called Cabo, this is a famous designation right off the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula

The spring break fun doesn’t stop there! Other top searched destinations this month on Yahoo include New Orleans (including the famous Bourbon Square), Las Vegas (top nightlife, pool parties and more), Samana Peninsula  (white sandy beaches in the Dominican Republic), Puerto Vallarta (a Mexican  resort city) and Fort Lauderdale (more Florida!). 

Navigate Indoors with Yahoo Maps

By Fred Benz, Director of Product Management


Today, we released maps for select venues around the globe, such as shopping malls, train stations, and airports, to help you find your destination even when you’re indoors. The maps are currently available from your computer and include the layout for building levels, an interactive building directory, and contact information for many interior businesses. It’s one more option to help you find your way around. Check it out today at maps.yahoo.com.  

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Say Cheese!

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Whether you’re a photographer, world traveler, blogger, or simply enjoy taking photos, your cell phone’s camera may not be enough to capture life’s image-worthy moments. Yahoo users are looking for more than just a phone app to make their pictures pretty. Over the past week on Yahoo, searches for [digital cameras] are spiking 679% with searches increasing more than 6x over last year.

So which digital cameras are most popular? Over the past month, the top searched digital camera brands on Yahoo ranked in order are 1. [kodak digital cameras] 2. [canon digital cameras] 3. [nikon digital cameras] 4. [sony digital cameras]. And 76% of searches are coming from you men out there in top searching (and picturesque!) cities Roanoke, Santa Barbara, Johnstown, Reno and Tucson.  

Top 5 Oscar Nominated Flicks on Yahoo

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Sunday night will be all about glitz and glamour as our favorite Hollywood stars hit the red carpet for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. You’re getting ready for those Oscar parties, searching on Yahoo for [printable oscar ballots] and [oscar winner predictions]. But who would the top dogs be if the winners were based on your Yahoo searches? Here are the movies that would make the Top 5 for Best Picture of the Year: 

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. American Hustle
  3. Gravity
  4. 12 Years A Slave
  5. Captain Phillips

And the Next Viral Animal Sensation Is…Goats!

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Yes, you read that right! [Goats] have become the web’s new viral sensation as searches for the cute animal are spiking by 2657% this week on Yahoo. So which goats are you searching for the most? Spiking off the charts over the past week are [balancing goats], [fainting goats], [goats goofing around], [goats on sheet metal], [goats playing] and [pygmy goats].

It looks like you guys out there are most interested in goats as 60% of searches come from men. And top searching goat-crazy cities include St. Louis, New York, San Francisco and LA. 

Nachos, Queso, and Bean Dip… Oh, My! A Day for Reflecting (and Snacking) on the Tortilla Chip

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Who doesn’t love tortilla chips? In case you needed one more excuse to snack on the salty goodness, today is National Tortilla Chip Day. Yahoo users are rightfully celebrating as searches for [homemade tortilla chips] are spiking off the charts over the past month on Yahoo. And, in just the past day [tortilla rollups] have been one of the top-searched appetizers on Yahoo, spiking 88%.

Looking for ways to get creative and healthy with a tortilla chip outside of salsa and guacamole? You’re exploring recipes for [chicken tortilla soup] and [chicken tortilla casserole]. Maybe you’re still going strong with your New Years Resolutions? If so, check out what your fellow diet-conscious Yahoo users are searching for, like [low carb tortilla chips], [gluten free tortillas], [cauliflower tortillas], [paleo tortillas] and [flaxseed tortilla recipe]. And don’t worry, tortilla chip calories don’t count today!

Cats On Ice

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As sad as we are to see the Olympics come to an end on Sunday, we are so thrilled to have been introduced to all things cat curling. It’s as cool as it sounds. The newest and possibly best best ‘Olympic sport’ out there, [cat curling] is spiking off the charts this week on Yahoo after the 2014 video of athletes pushing around a fluffy cat during the game of curling.

Like all good things cat + Internet, the irresistibly cute video has gone viral. And you fans, cat ladies, and curling enthusiasts out there are now making your own versions with your feline friends.

On a slightly more serious, but not nearly as adorable note, you are also asking about [curling rules] (spiking 7486%), as well as [what is curling], [curling rules scoring], [curling shoes], [what is curling in the olympics] and [women of curling].

The New Kardashian Queen

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Little sis is growing up so fast! After multiple trips down the runway and confirmations of her romance with Harry Styles, your searches for [kendall jenner] are spiking a whopping 2237%. Is she the budding “It Girl” for the Kardashian franchise, er, family? For the first time, Kendall takes the crown from her older sister Kim with nearly 6x more searches over the past week. Kim has a record of being one of Yahoo’s most searched people over the past few years but could Kendall top our list in 2014? Only time will tell, but so far this socialite’s odds are looking pretty good!