Yahoo Local Leaves Beta, Graduates to Yahoo.com

Yahoo Local moved out of beta moments ago, launching with a cleaner look and feel, improved relevance and a significantly expanded database of local listings.

In Monday’s SearchDay article, Yahoo Local Officially Launches, I take a look at the upgraded service and describe some of the new features that make the service even easier to use.

Kudos to Yahoo for moving from a beta service to a fully-featured release in just two months. By contrast, Google moved its local search from Google labs into beta back in March, and not much seems to have changed since then. At least at this stage, Yahoo Local is the superior service. I’m looking forward to Google’s response, which given the history of competitive jostling between these companies should happen relatively quickly.

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