The Search Engine world is a very competitive one and when something interesting is brought to the table, everyone usually follows. Combining search results for different categories is nothing new anymore. Google has had that for a while now and Yahoo! also offers the same thing. When you search for something, at the top of the results, you can switch between the traditional results and images, news, videos etc…
Some websites like Pageflakes offer the possibility to create your own homepage which gathers information from many places. These are called Mashups and some sites even offer the possibility to present results in the same manner. This is what Yahoo Glue is all about. When you run a search on Yahoo Glue, you get a results page that is far from the traditional text results we are used to. You get a complete break down of almost everything that is available on that subject.
You can try Yahoo Glue on Yahoo! India which is where the product is being tested right now. If you run a search for Britney Spears, you will get a bunch of different results and what’s really different is the presentation. You can see standard search results, along with a biography, images, videos, news etc… naturally the sources of the results are based on the keywords you enter. For example, Britney will return some Last.FM results which would not show for Katie Holmes. If you leave the celebrities alone and search for “Adobe Flex” ( yes I know… I can’t get Flex out of my mind), you will get results for Adobe’s Stock prices and job postings for Flex programming.
I think we should be seeing Yahoo! Glue get implemented in all other Yahoo sites pretty soon because the results are very impressive and become very useful if you don’t really know where to start on a new subject.