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Friday, May 18, 2007

Google Overhauls Search Results Display

Got an email yesterday from a friend, with a link to an article about recent changes over at Google. Seems the search giant has yet again tweaked its search functionality. Such news always alarms me, as I teach Internet search and this usually means extra work. This time, though, the change is a small one.

According to CBC News, Google is combining its multiple search offerings (web, images, blogs, etc.) into a single "universal search". The change is only evident at Google.com (not the various international flavours of Google) and pretty superficial, from the user's perspective anyway. A few sample images and news search results — if there are any — have been rolled into the web search results list. Google also now offers the ability to narrow by related search.

The various search types (which were displayed immediately above the search field) are now at the top left of your screen. Additional search types are available through a dropdown instead of a link to a separate page and they are reduced in number.

Compare for yourself. Here's Google.com and here's the Canadian variant.

I can't quite see the point of this. But oh well. It's not earth-shattering.

2 comments:

khalel said...

I need help... am using old (classic) blogger format... I want to have a category widget as well as a complete list of post... how can i do it? Please help thanks

Bernice said...

I have a question....
you have at the bottom of each post a text link for email this, digg this,blogroll, del.icio.us, etc...

how can I achieve this without posting it each time at the end of a post?

I only have my Blogroll link to add but I think it would be nice to have it in each & every post.