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! 

House of Cards in the House

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For those of us that have missed Kevin Spacey’s faux-southern accent, the wait is now over! House of Cards returns for its much anticipated Season 2 today on Netflix. It looks like everyone is excited as [house of cards season 2] has spiked 36% over the past week, with 59% of searches for [house of cards] coming from men. 

Which cast members are you most interested in? Kate Mara has been searched for nearly 10 times more than protagonist Kevin Spacey and about 2 times more that Robin Wright. However, Robin Wright is the highest spiking cast member on Yahoo this month — up 236% after her win at the Golden Globes

And how does the series compare to other soon-to-be returning shows? House of Cards is the top searched returning show over the past 30 days when compared to Glee, The Voice, Game of Thrones, The Americans and Portlandia

Let the binge watching begin! 

Shaun White Takes Bronze in Yahoo Search

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Even though he didn’t win in the half-pipe competition (tear), Shaun White is still an American Olympic icon! In fact, searches for [shaun white 2014 olympics] have spiked 2574% this month. He is the 3rd top-searched US Olympian this month on Yahoo, only trailing behind figure skaters Ashley Wagner & Gracie Gold.

And on to what you all really want to know – what happened to those flowing red locks? Searches for [shaun white hair cut] are up 486%, and more searches about his personal life including [shaun white girlfriend], [shaun white arrested], [how old is shaun white] and [shaun white net worth] are top of mind this past week on Yahoo. 

The Heart of the Matter

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Ready or not, in just four short days, the most lovey-dovey day of year will be here - Valentine’s Day! This Friday, Yahoo users will show their significant others how much they mean to them, that is, of course, if they can find the appropriate gift.

Surprise, surprise — it’s not the women that are hard to buy for! Spiking 274% this week on Yahoo is [valentine’s day gifts for him], which is also searched twice as much as [valentine’s day gifts for her]. It looks like you ladies need more ideas for what to buy the man in your life.

Flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears be warned — one of the hottest Valentine’s Day gift trends on Yahoo this week is [watches for men] up 202%, with top watch brands: 1. [rolex watches] 2. [invicta watches] 3. [fossil watches] 4. [citizen watches], 5. [michael kors watches].

What are you thinking of gifting your sweet Valentine this year? Cupid recommends you follow your heart!