Google Officially Testing Images In Web Search Results Snippets

google logo - basic 570x270Google has confirmed they are running a user interface in the search results to show images within the web search snippets.

Reader, Samuel Edwards from Tenthwave Digital sent us a screen shot of this unusual Google search results test. A Google spokesperson confirmed this is indeed one of Google’s many tests.

Here is a picture showing how Google is inserting images from the page directly on the search results:


A Google spokesperson told us, “As you know, we’re always running experiments with the look and feel of search — this is one of those.”

Indeed, Google is always testing and experimenting but this test is one of the more bold attempts to making the search results a bit more graphical.

For more interface tests Google is running, see our Google User Interface category.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: User Interface


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  • Rick Noel, eBiz ROI, Inc.

    If Google rolls this test out to a broader audience, I wonder if it will be only triggered by searches likely to yield graphic results. It could be a good reason to consider using structured markup(i.e. itemprop=”image”)

  • tiennguyen

    This is going to kill CTR on the paid rails so there is no way this sticks around.

  • Misa Jovcic

    Agree. PPC rulez, anyway, lol

  • naveensethia

    Windows smart search is already showing image rich search results.

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