Yahoo Directory bug lets you see your competitors clients

  • 1
  • July 16, 2008
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

A strange new bug in the search feature of the Yahoo Directory seems to be showing sites either hosted or extensively cross-linked with the site you are searching for.

For example when you search for Blogstorm which isn’t listed in the Yahoo Directory at present you get a list of sites that Yahoo seems to think are related in some way. isn’t a client nor do we have a relationship with them but the other site is an old blog we own.

Other searches to try are bigmouthmedia, justsearching and any other company you can think of (these were the first 2 I found from a quick Google search).

Dave Eaves from commented:

I am not very happy about my customers coming up on a search for my name, anyone could find out who they are very quickly and easily.

DaveN reckons it might be “pulling keywords from the pages that they have in the directory listings”. For example Consumerist has the word “blogstorm” on the page so it brings up a match.