Prediction Of Search Engine API's

Okay, so far this year I've already had one of my predictions regarding blogs fulfilled and now I'm making one about API's. I predict that when Yahoo and MSN launch their search API's (web services), they'll increase the amount of requests a single account can have to 5,000 requests a day. This will in-turn cause Google to out do them and raise their daily quota to 10,000 requests a day from its current 1,000 query a day quota.

I don't believe we'll see anyone completely open up their api without restricting the amount of queries because that's bad business and opens up a can of worms from a business impact perspective. However, I do believe we'll see a larger amount of baseline requests allowed by Yahoo and MSN which will be followed by a similar announcement the day after from Google. Who knows, I guess we'll have to wait and see.


Jonathan said...

This is a post I'd be really interested in seeing followed up. Right now our site is looking to implement an internal search feature.

As far as I'm aware, Google is the only major search engine with a public API. The problem is the 1,000 query a day limitation. If you need to go beyond 1,000 queries, the next step up appears to be to purchase a Google mini appliance - a $5,000 touch that's limited to 50k documents.

It seems odd to me that there is no step between free and $5k.

I've been trying to keep a close track on the introduction of an API from MSN or Yahoo, but clearly, I don't have my finger on this particular pulse as well as you do.

Keep us posted, and keep up the good work.

7:07 PM 
Jason Dowdell said...

Drop me an email and I'll give you the heads up on your options. Yahoo just released their api that has a 5000 query per ip address limit now and Google has a commercial api license as well although it's not widely known. My email is jason.dowdell [at]

9:01 PM 

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