Google Goes Beyond Answers, Starts Guessing Release Dates

Google can answer a lot of searches without needing to send you to another web site. If you’re looking for weather, sports scores or local movie schedules, Google probably has a “one box” for you.

As Engadget noticed today, Google has added a one box even when it only has a “best guess” at the answer to your search.

Searches for movie and video game release dates are now showing what Google thinks is the best answer based on info that it finds on various websites. As you can see in the image above, just use the name of the movie or game and add “release date” to the query to get search results like this. Google shows what it thinks the release date will be and lists the sources it used.

This doesn’t appear to work on search for books or albums. We have an email in to Google asking for confirmation about what types of queries are included, and we’ll update this if/when we get a reply.

Update: A Google spokesperson tells us this feature is not limited to movies and video games (or any other type of query), but “we won’t show the feature unless we have enough high quality sites corroborating the answer.” It uses Google Squared technology.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: OneBox, Plus Box & Direct Answers | Google: Web Search


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  • spoonman

    The Google Squared results still aren’t always great. Try doing a search on President of Mexico. Google thinks it’s Vicente Fox.

  • Joe Youngblood

    so google uses farmer/panda to attack scraper sites, but scrapes release dates from ‘high quality’ sites? i would be upset if they were stealing my data and lowering my organic traffic.

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