Yandex, Russia’s top search engine begin integrating Facebook data into its search index, the companies announced yesterday.
In addition, Yandex will now add the data from Facebook into its blog search index improving its international search and boosting new, recently created pages indexing. Specifically, Facebook will provide Yandex with a syndication feed that gathers information about updates on its Pages and profiles created to represent public figures, businesses or organisations.
Yandex has long been incorporating social content into its search by indexing pages of key Russian-language blog-hosting websites and micro-blogging services: LiveJournal Twitter and LiveInternet.ru. Yandex search can now offer to its users the freshest and the most comprehensive social content from the above mentioned social networks and blog-hosting websites that partner with the company to have their data automatically added to the search engine’s index.
Yandex will also display a Facebook widget on its front page. Yandex’s instant messaging service, Ya.Online, will inform users of new notifications on Facebook’s site.