Yahoo’s SearchMonkey developer tool is soon going to be effectively yanked out of its tree. Yahoo’s decided to discontinue the tool as the company continues to rethink its approach to just about everything, and that means SearchMonkey will no longer be available as of October 1st.
A post on the Yahoo Developer Network Blog explained, “[W]e will close the SearchMonkey developer tool, gallery, and app preferences. Yahoo! Search is continuing to shift from a model where developers build lightweight apps to install on Yahoo! to one where publishers enhance their own site markup to produce similar results.”
Then, just to clarify a couple points, the post continued, “Yahoo! Search results pages will continue to show enhanced result templates from websites’ page markup and structured data feeds along with Microsoft’s organic listings.”
Is this good? Bad? We’ll let you decide. What Yahoo chooses to do next will have a big impact on how this particular move is received, of course.
If it’s of any comfort to Yahoo fans, Yahoo’s stock is up 0.54 percent and Google’s down 1.08 percent at the moment, signaling that investors have sided with Yahoo today.