October 14, 2010 – Yahoo’s BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service) platform lets external developers build custom search engines on top of the company’s search infrastructure. The latest news is that it will shift to a fee-based model in early 2011. In its new version, BOSS will also give developers various options to generate revenue.

PCWorld brought this to our attention in their article, “Yahoo Lays out Road Map for BOSS.” This Yahoo gem is geared toward developers of all sizes, including individuals, start-ups, and large companies. BOSS will provide access to general Web results, images and news articles, and its fees will be based on the type and number of queries from a search engine. Exceptions will be made for academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.

It’ll be interesting to see how developers react to having to pay for access to BOSS.

Melody K. Smith

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