Google Search Designer Explains Why Some Features & Tools Get Axed

axe-chop-wood-600 Google often removes features from their search results and other services. Jon Wiley, Google's Principal Designer of Google Search in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) thread answered the question on why Google removes features people love. Most recently, Google completely disabled the Google discussion forum search filter, which was actually removed from the search tools in January 2014 along with other features. Jon was asked specifically about that, but since he was not directly involved in that decision, he answered why Google removes some features that people love. Jon said that " [...]


Google Testing Timeline View In Knowledge Graph

google-knowledge-graph-featured Google is testing a new knowledge graph interface for showing a timeline of data, facts and knowledge in the top carousel section of the Google search results. Florian Kiersch spotted this first and captured a video of it, posting the video on Google+. The timeline shows you data elements related to your search query. When you hover your mouse over the timeline, Google will show you tidbits of data. If you click on the element, Google will drill into the timeline of that element. Here are some pictures: Alex Chitu has more screen shots of this feature as well on his blog. [...]


“Let Me Google That For You” Bill Aims To Replace Government Agency With Google Search

congress-constitution-declaration-600 Senators Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill have introduced new legislation aimed at saving taxpayers $66 million a year. What's their plan? It's the "Let me Google that for you" Act, and its goal is to replace the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) agency with a simple Google search. Started in 1950, the NTIS collects and distributes government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information and reports, charging other agencies and the public for copies. Part of the US federal Commerce Department, the agency staffs 150 employees and costs $66 million a y [...]


Google: We’re Working On Multiple Language Translation Detection

google-voice-search-1200 Jon Wiley, Principal Designer for Google Search, participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion, where in one question, he was asked to share something cool he is working on. He shared that Google is working on a feature to listen to multiple languages at the same time and be able to process them at the same time. Many people who speak multiple languages natively, when talking to family and friends, will often use both languages at the same time. They will mix let's say English and Spanish when talking. That behavior is really not that uncommon. Jon Wiley said that Go [...]


Google Tops Satisfaction Index, Yahoo Sees “Lowest Score Yet”

us-map-bing-google-yahoo-featured Once again Google has come out on top of the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The survey measures consumer satisfaction across a broad range of business and product categories including “e-business,” which covers 'internet portals and search engines." With the exception of 2007 Google has won the category every year since 2000, although its scores have fluctuated. The survey asks 70,000 customers about their experiences with products and services. The following are the scores for the major search sites since 2012. However the ACSI has been measuring online business [...]


Microsoft Bing Now Added To Google Chrome New Tab Page

bing-chrome-start-page Microsoft's search engine, Bing, is now an option within Google's Chrome new tab page screens. Prior, if you changed your default search provider in Chrome, the new tab page would still show Google has the search option. It would change the search provider in the URL/omnibox area but it would not replace Google from the new tab page. Now, when you change your search provider, the change will be also available in the new tab page in your Chrome browser. To change your go to Chrome and click on preferences/settings and then and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”). [...]


New Search Engine Indexeus Exposes Hackers, Data Breaches

The Importance Of Big Data, Integrity And Security - Enterprise SEO A new search engine called Indexeus sought to expose hackers and their exploits unless they "donated" $1 for every record that they wanted to conceal from public view. In response to the claim that this is extortion, Portuguese founder Jason Relinquo says the aim of Indexeus wasn't blackmail but to expose security risks and data vulnerabilities. The site, in somewhat awkward English, says the following about its purpose: This is a service which provides easy access to hundreds of databases, which is very useful if you don't want to bring your databases around or if you just don't have [...]


Google iOS App Easter Egg: Flick The Letters In The Google Logo

google-ios-app-easter-egg There is a new Google Easter Egg, this one can be seen in the iOS Google Search App. Open the app and you'll be able to flick and drag off the letters from the Google logo anywhere on the screen. Then you can tilt the screen right and left and the letters will float and fall based on the tilt of your device. Here is a quick video I made of this easter egg: Some of you may not be able to test this while the Nelson Mandela Google Doodle is active. Check out the other < ahref="http://searchengineland.com/library/google/google-easter-eggs">Google Easter Eggs. [...]


Find Cat Pictures Quicker: Imgur Rolls Out A New Look With Advanced Image Search

Imgur The wildly popular image host, Imgur, has new duds and some powerful search tools that can help users identify viral images quicker than ever. Thanks to new image tagging, advanced search, Imgur may become a platform in which users frequent first, rather than find via a social posting. The first thing to notice to the new look  Imgur is the opening filter that allows users to sort by a variety of attributes including virality, time, points and popularity. Images are then displayed as thumbnails with scoring and comments appearing upon a hover. The biggest change that could do wonder [...]


Google’s New Calendar Feature Lets You Schedule Events Directly From The Search Page

Google calendar in search It appears Google had added another new calendar feature via its knowledge graph box. By searching "schedule appointment" or "add event" while logged into your Google account, Google will deliver a dynamic knowledge graph box that lets you automatically add an event to your Google calendar without leaving the search page. Clicking the "Create event" link automatically adds the event to your calendar without opening the calendar. Once the event has been added, the "Create event" link switches to "Edit event" which opens the user's calendar in a new tab so that event details and times [...]


New Google Translation Tools: Edit Text, Change Language & Hear Translation Directly Within Search

Google search translation feature July 2014 Google has added new translation features, making it easy to edit translation search terms, change languages or hear the translations directly within search. Going off a tip from @WilliamHarvey, when searching the word "translate," Google now delivers a quick search option for entering text or choosing the translation language via a dynamic knowledge graph box as shown in this screen shot: Once a full translation search query has been entered, Google offers both the text translation or the option to hear the audio version of the translated word or phrase. "It is indeed a new feature [...]


Google Finally Adds Bitcoin Conversion Search

bitcoin-featured Following in the footsteps of both Yandex and Bing, Google has finally added Bitcoin currency conversion to their knowledge graph/one box results. If you search for a conversion for Bitcoin, you will get the answer: TechCrunch reports Google has partnered with CoinBase to power the conversion feature. A Google spokesperson told CoinDesk.com: You can also ask Google to do conversions – if you have the Google Search app on your smartphone, for example, ask it, ‘How many Bitcoins are in 500 U.S. dollars?’ and you’ll get the answer in a handy conversion tool. Again, Bing added [...]


Google Adds Zip Code Matches In Knowledge Graph Carousel

Google-Voice-Logo-rm-verge_large_verge_medium_landscape Google has added zip code matches and lookups to the knowledge graph section of the search results. If you search for [new york, ny zip codes] in Google, you will be presented with all of the zip codes in that location. This loads a carousel that lets you slide through the various options: When you search for zip codes in smaller cities, such as [tarrytown, ny zip codes] you simply get a single zip code match in a OneBox style result. Bing also offers the zip code matches for these types of results. If you search on Bing for [new york, ny zip codes you get the following result: [...]


Google Posts 63 World Cup Logos Since Start Of Tournament – Here Are 10 Worth A Second Look

Google logo world cup 2014 The Google Doodle team outdid itself during this year's World Cup, posting a total of 63 World Cup inspired Google logos from the start of the tournament until yesterday's final game. To kick-off the FIFA 2014 World Cup, Google posted the above image of Rio De Janerio on its global homepage on June 12. The animated illustration included the World Cup host city landscape, along with cable cars traveling up to Sugarloaf Mountain, and Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Many of Google's World Cup logos were game-specific like this one posted on June 16 for the United States vers [...]


Bing Brings The Fireworks To Its July 4th Homepage

Bing July 4th homepage To celebrate the July 4th holiday today, Bing's homepage features an image by Steve Kelly of a fireworks display over the Hudson River. The hidden links within the page offers shortcuts to a selection of American-themed searches, including: "Fourth of July" "Hoboken, New Jersey" (The first city to host the first officially recorded baseball game.) "Joey Chestnut Eats 69 Hot Dogs 2013 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest" "Red white and blue desserts" Users can share the homepage image on their Facebook and Twitter profiles from the share button in the top right corner of the ima [...]


Independence Day USA Google Logo Delivers An Animated Short Set To “Stars & Stripes Forever”

July 4 2014 Google Logo Today's Google logo marks the July 4th holiday with an animated short of a marching band performing John Philip Sousa's patriotic "Stars and Stripes Forever." The logo was designed by Google Doodler Betsy Bauer, with art direction mimicking the classic 1950s cartoons created by the UPA Animation Studio - the same studio that gave us the Mr. Magoo cartoon series. Bauer says she wanted to make sure the logo's "story" felt sweet and and sincere, but still celebrated Independence Day. "When I was a toddler, my dad was a high school band director and baritone player in a couple of communit [...]


Bing Adds Khan Academy Courses & Book Finding Results

Bing logo large Bing has added two new search features for the school break season. (1) The ability to search for free online courses offered by the Khan Academy. (2) The ability to search for books that you can buy online, pick up at a local library and/or view fully online. Khan Academy Courses On Bing Through the Bing knowledge repository, Bing has indexed Khan Academy courses and then mapped the courses relationships with popular subjects. So now when you search for a particular school subject, such as [geometry], Bing will show you "popular online courses" that you can attend online for free. [...]


Larry Page On Right To Be Forgotten: “Could Have Arrived At More Practical Place Than Court Ruling”

EU Google Larry Page offered his thoughts on the European court's "Right To Be Forgotten" ruling during an interview at Google's I/O conference this week with New York Times reporter Farhad Manjoo. Page claimed it would have been better if there had been more discussion around the matter. "We could have arrived at a more practical place than a court ruling," said Page. He went on to add that Google is complying with the ruling, and will begin removing links quickly, even though he pointed out that he didn't believe the court's decision was practical. "If you're an aggrieved user, you have to ge [...]


Android TV Shows Knowledge Graph Search Results

Search via Android TV Google's just announced Android TV is a significant improvement over the original Google TV. It doesn't require a game controller or bulky remote to work (though a game controller can be used for Google Play Games). And you can search for content with your voice. The UI is simple and much more intuitive than Google TV. It's controlled by an app for Android phones. Voice search works by using the Android handset rather than a mic on the TV. Smartwatches running Android will also be able to act as a remote (as I understand it) for Android TV. Beyond the onstage demo during the Google I/ [...]


LinkedIn Beefs Up Their Job Search Resume With The Addition Of A New Standalone IPhone App

Apply It's true, LinkedIn has become a leader in the job search space with their Talent Solutions offerings pulling in 275.9 million dollars in Q1 this year. To further their foothold, LinkedIn has launched a new stand-alone job app for the iPhone dubbed LinkedIn Job Search. LinkedIn Job Search App for iPhone from LinkedIn While it may seem odd to apply for jobs via an app, the implementation is quite intuitive and easy-to-use. Users can search by job title, keyword or location then filter by proximity, most recent and most relevant. Still didn't find what you were searching for? Additional [...]


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