Lab Weekly: Black Friday, Yahoo Directory Offline & More

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Black Friday
The Yahoo Directory is now officially offline. now redirects you to Before the Yahoo Directory went offline it looked like this:
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Now when you go to the Yahoo Directory, you will see this:
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Bing images have launched ‘Places to Buy’ in time for holiday shopping seasonbing lab weekly
With Christmas only round the corner and the biggest shopping weekend coming up Bing has announced a new image search feature displaying product prices, retailer info, reviews and ratings.
In the Bing Search blog they said:
“Bing is bringing you some relief by adding more data to product images, including prices for the same item sold at different stores, reviews and ratings and store availability.”
Users will now be able to click on the shopping cart icon within a Bing image and find the ‘Places to Buy Beta’ feature that will be available on desktops and mobiles over the upcoming days.
Bing is also in the process of releasing a feature called ‘Image Stream’ which will allow users to see product recommendations based on the images that they have favourited. Bing have released a video to show users how to use the image stream and compare products via an image search.

Social Media
Snapchat has released a new feature called ‘Story Explorer’ which will allow users to see a different angle and perspective on a particular story. This is only available by swiping up when an ‘Explore’ tab appears on a particular story.
Below is a video introducing Story Explorer:

This new feature will add an additional layer to Snapchat stories which is something other social media sites such as Twitter Moments. The ‘Explorer’ feature is available on the live New York and Los Angeles stories and will soon be added to additional stories.
twitter lab weeklyTwitter announced a few months ago that the tweet and follow buttons were getting a new look and they were going to get rid of share counts, the buttons were going to be changed from the 3D effect to a flat look. The background has changed from white to blue and the text from black to white as the image below shows. This was Twitter’s first changes to the button since 2011.
On Friday 20th November Twitter removed their share count feature. In result to this you will no longer be able to see how many people have tweeted a blog post or news story. Below is an example of how a share count plugin will now look.
Gigya is one of the leading social sharing tool providers, the head of Corporate Communications Reeyaz Hamirani said in an emailed statement:
“Gigya will be looking into the search API and other alternatives for maintaining the share count on our custom Twitter share button.”

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