Google Confirms Testing Favicons In Search Results

Over at Search Engine Roundtable, Barry posted this weekend about Google showing favicons in search results, and updated the post with confirmation from Google that it’s a test, not a bug.

I can’t get this to show on my computer right now, but here’s the screenshot Barry posted (via Brian Ussery):

Google favicon screenshot

The favicon only appears when you do a site: command search, and of course, only if Google has chosen you to see the test in action.

Google confirmed the test in a Google Groups Help discussion, where they’re also inviting users to share other ideas for changes to Google’s search results page. (I don’t think “Put my site at the top of each one” will be accepted.)

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search


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  • falkon303

    This is VERY odd considering people can sue for usage of favicons….. I’d love to hear more on the legalities of this. Perhaps they have permission from the sites they are showing?

    Favicons can be the subject of law suit if used within a web browser’s inner page instead of only the browser exe itself…

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