• http://searchengineland.com Bradd Libby

    “Fights” pogosticking? It sounds like this might encourage it.

    If I know that going back to the results page will bring me some new links and resources I hadn’t seen before, wouldn’t I be more inclined to do so?

  • http://www.reallysimplechat.org/ SEWilco

    I found an example. Search for “search engine land” (without quotes). Click on the first result. Click BACK to go back. Under the first search result it now says “Get more results from the past 24 hours”.

    The phrasing implies that Google is aware that one thing which often changes on this site is the number of articles in the site.

  • http://www.blindfiveyearold.com ajkohn

    I’ve always been interested, and have pressed Google to share, in how many people actually use the ‘show options’ feature.

    My assumption is that usage is rather low and this test makes me wonder if Google is trying to boost usage of the ‘show options’ panel. Google clearly believes that the ‘show options’ panel can provide the user a better search experience … if they use it.

    It may not prevent pogosticking at first, but with enough repetition users might begin to use the ‘show options’ panel, without being prompted, on a more regular basis which should (allegedly) improve user experience.

  • http://www.StoneTemple.com crosby

    yep, and then click…. to more search results. ;-)

  • http://www.StoneTemple.com crosby

    Here is a comical self-referential example.
    Search “google pogostick” then click on this page (the one you are reading), then your browser’s back button. voila!

  • http://www.SurfCanyon.com Mark Cramer

    Hello Barry – Very interesting post. Thank you for pointing this out.

    I would like to invite you to install Surf Canyon (http://www.surfcanyon.com/extension.jsp) and then run a query on Bing, Google or Yahoo!. We add a layer of real-time personalization to the search page that dynamically re-ranks the results at the moment the user makes a selection. (We alter the result page once rendered, and have been doing so for years.) Results similar to those selected (it’s cumulative during the information session) are promoted as “recommendations” while dissimilar results are suppressed. It works will all types of results (not just discussions) and effectively transforms the static list of links into a dynamic conversation.

    Please let me know if you’re interested in learning more and it would be my pleasure to discuss it with you. Thank you!

  • http://sriniseo.blogspot.com willsmith86

    See i saw that news GOOGLE PRGOSTICK SEARCHERS, …..

    But now i saw one new thing in Google results… am searching for ” hospitals for Knee Replacement surgery ” keyword i was confused once i saw the result why that google doing this

    please see this http://i44.tinypic.com/m992mu.jpg

  • wfleiss

    Maybe at first, but once the searcher realizes they can search only “Discussions” by looking under “Show options”, they will have a better overall search experience. (IMO)

  • Stupidscript

    Already too late for programming that relies on the back button to function.

    Consider that all modern web browsers provide tabbed browsing.

    Using tabbed browsing, a modern user simply needs to Ctrl+click on any link (or load a linked resource “..in new tab”) to view the linked resource without “leaving” the initial search results page.

    Why bother rolling out a new feature that only functions when a near-obsolete mechanism is used? Why go “back” to view a page you never “left” in the first place?

    This seems more like an experiment that will help provide insight into the perceived value of hierarchical search results, while they are considered as replacements for current flat-view result pages.