Yahoo is transitioning to a new layout for its SearchMonkey results, which can be customized by outside developers as part of Yahoo’s Open Strategy. The new design features deep links, which are horizontally aligned under each result’s title and the image is now featured on the right-hand side. With the new layout, the SearchMonkey team (whose leader is departing), believes it can create higher clickthrough rates for app developers.
Current SearchMonkey developers and partners will be happy to know that apps built using the previous template will automatically work with the new template, but a one-page best practices document will accompany developer materials to help them provide an optimal user experience.
After a couple months in beta, the new templates are now generally available and ready for use.