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Yahoo! took the world by storm in the 1990s as a one-of-a-kind, searchable list of interesting web sites. But ten years later, it has expanded into a department store overflowing with useful and innovative tools and services-from email, blogging, social networking, and instant messaging, to news, financial markets, shopping, movie and TV listings, and much more. Today's Yahoo! keeps you connected with every aspect of your life and every corner of the Web.

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Yahoo! Hacks: Tips & Tools for Living on the Web Frontier

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Yahoo! took the world by storm in the 1990s as a one-of-a-kind, searchable list of interesting web sites. But ten years later, it has expanded into a department store overflowing with useful and innovative tools and services-from email, blogging, social networking, and instant messaging, to news, financial markets, shopping, movie and TV listings, and much more. Today's Yahoo! keeps you connected with every aspect of your life and every corner of the Web.

Yahoo! Hacks shows you how to use, expand, personalize, and tweak Yahoo! in ways you never dreamed possible. You'll learn how to:

  • Fine-tune search queries with keyword shortcuts and advanced syntax
  • Manage and customize Yahoo! Mail, using it as your universal email client to access all your other accounts
  • Explore your social networks with Yahoo! 360, blogging your life, keeping up with friends, and making new contacts
  • Store, sort, blog, feed, track, and otherwise share photos with Flickr and RSS
  • Make My Yahoo! your Yahoo!, and personalize Yahoo!'s many properties
  • Roll your own Yahoo! applications with Yahoo! new Web Services API and Perl, PHP, Java, Python, Ruby, or the programming language of your choice
  • Visualize search results and topics, mash up images from around the Web, and remix other web content
  • List (or hide) your site with Yahoo!, and integrate Yahoo! Groups, Messenger, contextual search (Y!Q), or other Yahoo! features

Whether you want to become a power searcher, news monger, super shopper, or innovative web developer, Yahoo! Hacks provides the tools to take you further than you ever thought possible.

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What can’t you do with Yahoo!? Not much. For the proof, check out Yahoo! Hacks.

You may know Yahoo! can track your investments. Did you know you can download Yahoo!’s stock data straight into Excel? For that matter, did you know Yahoo! will tell you everything that’s on your TV next Tuesday night, whether you’ve got cable, satellite, or rabbit ears?

You know you should get your Yahoo! Mail addresses into your Address Book. Do you know how to automate that? Or that Yahoo! lets you export bookmarks to HTML, so you can share your favorite sites on your blog? Or that Yahoo! has a “creative commons” search for images you can reuse without getting sued? Or that you can program Yahoo! with everything from PHP to REBOL? There’s a lot you didn’t know about Yahoo! -- stuff you’ll have a blast discovering. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596009458
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2005
  • Series: Hacks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

About the Author;
Why Yahoo! Hacks?;
How to Use This Book;
How to Run the Hacks;
How This Book Is Organized;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
Safari Enabled;
How to Contact Us;
Got a Hack?;
Chapter 1: Search;
1.1 Hacks 1–22: Introduction;
1 Fine-Tune Yahoo! Web Search Queries;
2 Save Time with Search Shortcuts;
3 Create a Yahoo! ID;
4 Set Persistent Yahoo! Search Preferences;
5 Assemble Advanced Search Queries;
6 Translate Any Page with Yahoo!;
7 Personalize, Track, and Share the Web;
8 Prefetch Yahoo! Search Results;
9 Compare Yahoo! and Google Search Results;
10 Find Content You Can Reuse Legally;
11 Find Video from Across the Web;
12 Streamline Browsing with the Yahoo! Toolbar;
13 Customize the Firefox Quick Search Box;
14 Spot Trends with Yahoo! Buzz;
15 Find Hot Technologies at the Buzz Game;
16 Tame Long Yahoo! URLs;
17 Opt Out of Advertiser Cookies;
18 Track News About Yahoo!;
19 Spider the Yahoo! Catalog;
20 Browse the Yahoo! Directory;
21 Track Additions to Yahoo!;
22 Yahoo! Directory Mindshare in Google;
Chapter 2: Services;
2.1 Hacks 23–50: Introduction;
23 Track Your Investments;
24 Build Your Own Stock Update Email;
25 Download Financial Data Using Excel Web Queries;
26 Convert Currencies with One Click;
27 Do the Math with Yahoo! Calculators;
28 Add a Yahoo! Bookmark with One Click;
29 Import Existing Bookmarks into Yahoo! Bookmarks;
30 Open Yahoo! Bookmarks in a Sidebar;
31 Publish Your Yahoo! Bookmarks;
32 Track the Media's Attention Span over Time;
33 Monitor the News with RSS;
34 Personalize My Yahoo!;
35 Track Your Favorite Sites with RSS;
36 Add a Feed to My Yahoo! with a Right-Click;
37 Build Your Own News Crawler;
38 Replace Your Phone Book with Yahoo!;
39 Monitor Your Commute;
40 Get the Facts at Yahoo! Reference;
41 Find and Rate Movies;
42 Subscribe to Movie Showtimes;
43 View Movie Lists on Your Cell Phone;
44 Plan Your TV Viewing;
45 Create a TV Watch List;
46 Develop and Share a Trip Itinerary;
47 Shop Intelligently;
48 Visualize Your Music Collection;
49 Take Yahoo! on the Go;
50 Stay Connected with Yahoo! Alerts;
Chapter 3: Communicating;
3.1 Hacks 51–67: Introduction;
51 Navigate Yahoo! Mail;
52 Manage Yahoo! Mail;
53 Create Yahoo! Mail Macros;
54 Read All Your Email in One Place;
55 Read Yahoo! Mail in Your Preferred Email Client;
56 Manage and Share Your Schedule;
57 Add Contacts to Your Yahoo! Address Book;
58 Map Yahoo! Address Book Contacts;
59 Discuss, Share, and Collaborate with Others;
60 Archive Yahoo! Groups Messages with yahoo2mbox;
61 Explore Your Social Networks;
62 Import an Existing Blogroll to Yahoo! 360;
63 Add an API to Your Yahoo! 360 Blog;
64 Create a Yahoo! Avatar;
65 Add a Content Tab to Yahoo! Messenger;
66 Send Instant Messages Beyond Yahoo!;
67 Store, Sort, and Share Your Photos;
Chapter 4: Web Services;
4.1 Hacks 68–76: Introduction;
4.2 ;
68 Program Yahoo! with Perl;
69 Program Yahoo! with PHP 5;
70 Program Yahoo! with Python;
71 Program Yahoo! with VBScript;
72 Program Yahoo! with ColdFusion;
73 Program Yahoo! with XSLT;
74 Program Yahoo! with Java;
75 Program Yahoo! with Ruby;
76 Program Yahoo! with REBOL;
Chapter 5: Applications;
5.1 Hacks 77–91: Introduction;
77 Visualize Yahoo! Web Search Results;
78 Find Links to Any Web Site;
79 Import Yahoo! Local Listings into Your Address Book;
80 Create a Yahoo! Local MIDlet;
81 Import Yahoo! Local Listings into Excel;
82 Spell Words with Yahoo! Images;
83 Randomize Your Windows Desktop Background;
84 Randomize Your Mac Desktop Background;
85 Mash Up Images from Around the Web;
86 Illustrate Any Web Site;
87 Add Links to a Block of Text Automatically;
88 Visualize News Topics as Tags;
89 Get Related Terms Instantly with Ajax;
90 Compare the Popularity of Related Search Terms;
91 Plot Multiple Points on Your Own Map;
Chapter 6: Webmastering;
6.1 Hacks 92–100: Introduction;
92 Get Your Site Listed at Yahoo!;
93 Hide Part of Your Web Site from Yahoo!;
94 Search Your Web Site with Yahoo!;
95 Add Presence to Your Web Site;
96 Syndicate Rich Media;
97 Add Contextual Search to Your Blog;
98 Post Photos to Your Blog;
99 Feed Your Latest Photos to Your Web Site;
100 Display Messages from a Yahoo! Group on Your Web Site;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006


    If you're not very knowledgeable on how to use, expand, personalize, and tweak Yahoo!, this book is for you! Author Paul Bausch, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you do just that, in ways you never dreamed possible. Bausch, begins by showing you how to become a Yahoo! power searcher by taking advantage of meta keywords in order to return more relevant results. Then, he shows you some unique ways on how to use Yahoo! Web Services, including monitoring your commute for problems, watching TV schedules automatically for appearances by your favorite celebrities, and visualizing your music collection. The author continues by showing you how to use the hacks to reach out and touch someone. Next, he introduces you to the backdoor that Yahoo! has opened for developers. Then, the author shows you how people are using Yahoo! data in their own applications and have a bit of fun in the process. Finally, he shows you how to get listed and introduces you to other Yahoo! components you can plug into your site. You can read this excellent book from cover to cover if you like, but each hack stands on its own. Here, the author intends to show you what's possible when you view Yahoo! as a platform and inspire your inner hacker to take a new look at Yahoo!.

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