Google’s New Look Search Results: Still An Experiment

google-balls More and more searchers, SEOs, webmasters and advertisers are seeing the new Google design test we've covered here a couple times where the ads blend in more to the search results and the font size is larger and the underlined links are gone. Last night, at Search Marketing Expo West, Google's head of search, Amit Singhal told the audience that "we're always experimenting" and this design test is just that, one of Google's experiments. In our live blog coverage, Matt McGee summarized it as: We are always testing things. We need to experiment to improve the product. Rest assured there’ [...]


Xbox One Gets Bing Web Search

bing-xbox-featured Microsoft announced on the Bing Search Blog that the Xbox One now supports full web search with the latest system wide update to the Xbox One. Microsoft said with this update they are "expanding search to include web results." Now when you search with “Xbox Bing,” you will receive results from the Bing marketplace as well as relevant items from the web. Also when using Internet Explorer on Xbox One, you are now able to highlight text on the web page then press the menu button to engage Bing search. Here are screen shots: For more details about this Xbox One update, see the [...]


Bing Saves, Search Bookmarking Feature, Now Public Beta

bing-saves A month ago, Microsoft started testing a new search feature named Bing Saves. This feature enabled searchers to save URLs and searches to their personal Bing/Microsoft account, in order to build an index of their own saved searches. That feature seems to now be available as public beta for anyone who wants to try it. To try it yourself, go to bing.com/saves and you should see this dashboard: You will also see a link in the top Bing navigation that says "SAVES beta." There is a disclaimer on the footer of the page that reads, "This feature is an experiment. Saved results may not be [...]


Google To Launch New Search Results Design With Larger Fonts & No Underlines Soon?

google-balls Over the past few months, Google has been testing many, many layouts that made the search results look a bit easier to read by increasing the font size and removing some of the underlines for the hyperlinked content. It seems Google has increased those tests, as we are seeing more and more searchers post about seeing these updates on Twitter, Facebook and other areas. Both Danny Sullivan, Matt McGeee and myself are able to replicate the new design either using our native browsers or via incognito mode in Chrome. Here is a side by side image of the old and new user interface for Google's [...]


Bing Quietly Adds A Scientific Full Size Calculator

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing, Microsoft's search engine, has finally added a full size scientific calculator to their search results. Daniel Rubino from WP Central first noticed this addition on Friday saying that now when you search for a math answer, not only do you get the answer, but you also get an interactive calculator in the search results. Here is a picture: Google has had this feature for a long time. But how scientific can Bing go with their math? We know Google can get graphical calculations, but Bing fails to do so. They do however link to their partner, Wolfram Alpha that can offer those re [...]


Now Official: Google Adds Restaurant Menus To Search Results

bonefish-grill-menu That Google menus experiment we told you about a couple weeks ago? It's now official. But it's only available in the U.S. at the moment. Google announced that it's now showing restaurant menus as a OneBox-style answer at the top of its search results. It seems to be primarily triggered by searches that involve both the restaurant name and the word "menu," although Google's example involves a query that starts with "show me the menu for...." The menu OneBox shows multiple food options and is divided into different categories, depending on how the individual restaurants (or chains) [...]


John Steinbeck Google Logo Showcases Author’s Work On His 112th Birthday

Google logo Grapes of Wrath Google Logo Today's Google logo is a well deserved nod to American author John Steinbeck on what would have been the writer's 112th birthday. The logo celebrates five of Steinbeck's 27 novels: Grapes of Wrath, Canary Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl and Travels with Charlie. The Steinbeck logo includes blocks for five of the Google letters that transition into book titles, with a play button in place of the second "G" in Google: Clicking the play button starts a slideshow of the five books, showcasing the titles and then passages from each novel:   Each of the slides includes a search ico [...]


FOX Partners With Google To Allow Voting For American Idol On Google’s Search Results

american-idol-logo FOX and Google have partnered to enable American Idol fans to vote for the finalists directly in the Google search results. That means you no longer have to text your vote, you can do it on Google.com. How does it work? Simple, you go to Google on your desktop or mobile device and search for [american idol] or [idol] during the voting window and select from your favorite finalists. Then you can vote up to 50 votes per contestant directly on Google by clicking on the contestant's photo: Then review your votes and click "submit votes to American Idol": After you submit yo [...]


McDonald’s & Cadillac’s Sochi Olympics TV Ads Spark Nearly 500K Online Searches

mcdonalds-olympic-ad-600 Television advertising analytics firm iSpot.tv evaluated a number of key metrics for this year's Olympic advertisers and found ads from McDonald's and Cadillac resulted in the highest number of online searches within minutes of each brands' spots being aired. Of the more than 250 brands that ran television ads during this year's Sochi Olympic broadcasts, iSpot.tv claims McDonald's "Celebrate with a Bite" spot generated nearly 500,000 online searches across Google, Bing and Yahoo. Cadillac's "Work Hard" ad sparked over 400,000 online searches and earned more than 430,000 online views. [...]


Bing Improves Tax Related Search Results Before April 15th

bing-600 Microsoft Bing has added new features to the Bing search results when you search for tax related queries. This is being done because Bing and other search engines see a huge increase in the number of tax related queries between January and April, i.e. before your taxes are due on April 15th. Bing now shows smarter results when you search for [tax forms], [IRS forms], or even specific forms like [irs form 1040]. Bing will show you the most searched-for forms as you type your query, show you where to mail your taxes or where to e-File, and links to download the necessary forms you searche [...]


The Marquee HTML Google Easter Egg

google-easter-egg-featured We got another easter egg for you within Google. Yesterday, we wrote about the blink HTML easter egg, where the search results blinked on and off. Now, there is another one for searching for [marquee html] at Google. When you do that, the results count will scroll from right to left on the page. How funny! Here is a video of this easter egg in action: To see some of the past Google easter eggs, see our story The Big List Of Google Easter Eggs. [...]


The Blink HTML Google Easter Egg

google-easter-egg-featured There is a new Google Easter Egg now available in the Google search results. All you need to do is search for [blink html] to activate it. When you search for [blink html] you will see the words "blink" and "html" blink in and out of the search results page on Google. Here is an animated GIF of this in action: Every now and then Google decides to drop a new easter egg in the search results for us. To see some of the past Google easter eggs, see our story The Big List Of Google Easter Eggs. [...]


Bing’s Satori Adds Timeline Data For About 500k Famous People

bing-satori-knowledge2-featured Satori, Bing's knowledge index, is expanding with the addition of timeline-style facts about important individuals. The new "Timeline" section is now showing up in the right-side search results for famous people such as Abraham Lincoln and Isaac Asimov (shown above), along with athletes (Serena and Venus Williams), artists (Vincent Van Gogh), business people (Bill Gates, Donald Trump, etc.), explorers (Sacagawea) and other important people. The Timeline section seems to be almost exclusively reliant on Wikipedia, at least based on my searches this morning. Bing says it currently h [...]


For Robocop, Bing Imagines The Future Of Search In 2028

bing-drawing-sketch-featured What will search look like in 2028? That's a question that the folks at Bing were tasked with answering for the new movie, Robocop. (Well, "new" as in a remake of the 1987 original that just hit theaters this week.) In a blog post this week, the Bing search folks shared a few screenshots showing a 3D, three-panel search display that they come up with for search circa 2028: (Note: Bing's original images were pretty dark, so I brightened them a bit in Photoshop for sharing here.) Here's how Bing describes the vision: Building off the voice recognition work we have releas [...]


Googling The Weather: From 20% Project To Sophisticated Query Analysis

google-weather-600 Millions of us have asked Google to play weatherperson. In order to get an answer to one of our oldest and most basic questions, we type a variety of words and numbers -- city names, neighborhoods and ZIP codes, plus words like "weather," "forecast" or maybe "temperature" -- into the Google search box, and Google typically has an answer back to us in less than a second. But have you noticed that our weather-related searches can be more complex now than ever? It's true. In recent years, Google has gone from focusing on the keywords we use to figuring out the meaning of our search que [...]


Valentine’s Day Google Logo Tells 6 “This American Life” Love Stories With An Intro From Ira Glass

Google heart Today, Google is celebrating Valentine's Day with a heartwarming logo that includes six different stories of love with an introduction from NPR radio personality and host of This American Life Ira Glass. When you go to Google's homepage, the logo is slightly faded out and the letters automatically turn into six candy hearts with the following labels: "Crush," "Mr. Right," "First Kiss," "4Ever Yours," "Puppy Luv" and "Blind Date." Each of the candy hearts tell a story, from a middle school crush to a bride who feared she had made a mistake upon waking the day after her wedding. Clickin [...]


Calling All Young Scientists: Google Accepting Submissions For Annual Science Fair

Google Logo - Stock Google announced its annual Science Fair today, calling for project submissions from students worldwide, age 13 to 18. This year's Google Science Fair grand prize winner will get a trip to Spaceport America in New Mexico to meet the Virgin Galactic team as they prepare for a space flight. Another big prize includes a 10-day expedition to the Galapagos islands on the National Geographic ship Endeavour. Scientific American is awarding one student a year's worth of mentoring along with a $50,000 grant toward any project that focuses on a health, resource or environmental challenge. Age c [...]


Bing Beats Google With Bitcoin Conversion Tool

bitcoin-featured First Yandex, and now Bing has beaten Google to offer Bitcoin conversion prices. Bing has announced that people can find the current rates by doing a search on Bing. Bing shared the news in a blog post today. It can be triggered in various ways, such as asking "one dollar in bitcoin," which yielded this answer: Yandex rolled out a similar BitCoin conversion feature in December. Like Bing, it uses pricing from the  Coindesk Bitcoin Calculator. WolframAlpha also offers Bitcoin conversion, having launched that in January. As for Google, it remains a no show. It provides conversion of a [...]


Bing Teams Up With The Hollywood Reporter In Anticipation Of The Oscars

Bing Logo Following the launch of its awards site, Bing announced today a new partnership with The Hollywood Reporter to create the "ultimate Oscars resource guide." According to the announcement, Bing's awards site will offer biographical information, photos and news on this year's Academy Award nominees. To illustrate its new Oscar search features, the site used best supporting actor nominees Jared Leto from Dallas Buyers Club and Johan Hill who starred in The Wolf of Wall Street. Bing is also using its trend data to predict winners. The Bing Awards site currently has American Hustle's [...]


Google Now Adds Google Now “Launcher,” Video On Demand Providers, Airbnb Reservations & More

google-now-launcher Engadget reports Google has quietly rolled out several enhancements to Google search app for Android, bolstering Google Now features on the Nexus 5 and some other devices. Here are the changes that were labeled "bug fixes and performance improvements" in the Google Play store for the app. The most noticeable change is that the Nexus 5 home screen has now been renamed the "Google Now Launcher." Select your TV providers and/or video on demand providers and Google Now will give you recommendations on what to watch. Airbnb reservations also now display in Google Now. Also the alarms and n [...]


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