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Google Buys Metaweb To Bolster Answers, Google Squared & Rich Snippets

Google announced they have acquired Metaweb. Metaweb is a search company that figures out entities and not just words. I have a video from the company explaining exactly what that means. In short, Google seems to want to explore and leverage Metaweb's technology to bolster their rich snippet initiative and Google Squared project. As you now know, Google Squared powers Google's quick answers. Google said this acquisition will help them "improve search and make the web richer and more meaningful for everyone." Here is how Google explains future improvements due to Metaweb: Type [bar [...]

Google Squared Answers Now On Google Mobile Results

The Google Mobile Blog announced that Google Squared which now helps power answers on is now powering some answers on Google Mobile Search. You can see this yourself by visiting on your iPhone, Palm WebOS or Android-powered device in English. Here is an example on [star wars release date: When you tap on "show sources," you will see: [...]

Search Engines Get World Cup Fever (Some More Than Others)

The biggest sporting event in the world is underway and, if you're unable to follow along on TV, there's plenty of coverage of it online -- including all of the major search engines and Twitter. Here's a look at what you'll find on the web if you're looking for a football/soccer fix. Google Google seems to have been the last to rollout its World Cup information. Earlier today, I wasn't seeing anything special for searches like world cup schedule, but Google is now showing a list of upcoming matches. Still, Google is offering far less than Yahoo and Bing (see below) when it comes t [...]

Google Squared Powers Answer Sources & Something Different Refinements

Did you know that Google Squared turned one today? Google noted this fact today and also noted the various web search features Google Squared powers. Currently, Google Squared powers the "sources" displayed for the "best answers" one box and it also powers the new "something different" refinements on the new Google design. For example, a search on [iron man 2 release date] returns a one box with an answer. Now, Google shows a "sources" link that can be expanded. This little feature is powered from the year-old Google Square. Here is a picture: Also, if you do a search on [zebra] [...]

Google Trying To Help Suicidal Searchers

In response to a mom's suggestion, Google has tweaked its search results to offer help for searchers in dire circumstances. Do a search for [ways to commit suicide], and you'll see an emergency phone number listed above the regular search results. Since last Wednesday, the New York Times reports, Google has been showing the toll-free number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for this query. It also shows up for "how to commit suicide," but not for "should i commit suicide." These queries are cases where Google's algorithm may be too good; in the image above, the first thre [...]

Super Bowl 2010 Winners: Google, Yahoo & Bing Are Ready

Super Bowl XLIV is two days away, and even though it's always one of the most-watched TV events of the year, the major search engines are also ready for anyone searching for the latest news and information. All three already have Super Bowl shortcuts/oneboxes in place. Google Yahoo Bing No doubt each search engine will keep those updated all weekend long, and will show the game score as it happens on Sunday. Bing and Yahoo also shared some info about what fans have been searching for this week in the lead up to Sunday's game. Bing says that the Dallas Cowboys were th [...]

Google Adds More Answers & Info To Search Results

Google has announced a pair of changes to its search results pages that make its search results pages more informational and give searchers information they're looking for without having to click away from Events In Rich Snippets Adding to last year's announcement of rich snippets for reviews and people, Google has created one for events, too. Using the hCalendar microformat, Google will show information and links to specific events as part of the snippet below a search result. If you offer event listings, check Google's documentation for more on how to use this. Note [...]

Google Music Search 2.0 Launches With Musical “OneBox”

Saying that it wants to bring music fans "closer to your favorite artists," Google has added a new Music Search OneBox to its search results. The new OneBox includes content from partner sites such as MySpace, Pandora, Lala and others, and lets searchers listen to song clips right from Google's search results page. Searchers should begin to see the new OneBox in the next 24 hours. Google has had a music OneBox before, but it disappeared some time ago, perhaps in preparation for the launch of this new Music Search 2.0, as we're calling it. There's also a deeper search function that only surf [...]

Google Adds Visited Pages, Past Hour & Fewer Shopping Sites Filtering

You like it! You really like it! It being the Google Search Options feature that Google added to its search pages back in May, the company says. So as a reward, Google is adding options to filter out (or highlight) pages you've visited before, pages that Google's found in the past hour and a toggle to show more or fewer "commercial" listings in its results. My companion piece, Up Close With Google Search Options, does exactly as the headline says. It will take you through ALL the Search Options that Google's offers in great depth, including the new ones. But for those who just want [...]

Take That, Twitter: Google Hot Trends Integrated Into Google Search

Twitter and real time search continues to attract buzz, and Google's reacting by positioning its "Hot Trends" information in a place where more people will see it, within Google's regular search results. Starting around 3:45 Pacific Time today, those searching on topics that are spiking or "hot" in popularity should see a new Hot Trends OneBox near the bottom of the search results page and just above the related search area, similar to below: Here's another example: "The idea behind the [Hot Trends] OneBox is to not only provide you with search results as you'd want but al [...]

Meet The Google OneBox, Plus Box, Direct Answers & The 10-Pack

Google's "normal" listings show the title of a web page, a description of it (also called a "snippet") and the web page's URL. However, Google also has other listings that appear within search results that are designed to give access to some of its specialized search tools (such as news search), to allow more information to be shown than a standard answer provides or to show answers directly within the search page. Here's a short overview to these alternatives. OneBox Results OneBox results are when Google shows information within a special unit, often with images associated with [...]

Google Answers Your Health Questions With Health OneBox

Google launched Google Health back in February 2008. Today, Google is integrating Google Health content into the search results via the classic OneBox section of the page. You should be able to see the Google Health OneBox for medical related searches, such as for [asthma] or [diabetes]. Here is a screen capture of the OneBox result for Asthma: As you can see, Google provides a quick definition of the condition and then gives you a link to either Google Health, Mayo Clinic, Medline Plus or WebMD. Note, not all of these links will be available for all health-related queries. I [...]

Yahoo Search Adds Team Shortcuts & Google Adds Tennis One Box

Not do be outdone by Live Search adding sports scores, both Yahoo and Google added some of their own. Keep in mind, both Google and Yahoo have had sports scores in the search results, but both have made additions to theirs. Yahoo has added a way to search for your favorite sports team. For example, a search on Chicago Bulls returns this Yahoo Shortcut: Google has added Tennis stats and scores, according to [...]

Google Launches Public Data Search & Charts During Wolfram Alpha Demo

During the Wolfram Alpha demonstration today, the Google Blog announced the launch of their own structured data search feature that allows you to find and compare public data. Searches such as [unemployment rate new york] will now bring up a quick answer that looks like this: Clicking on the result will take you to a more detailed graph with ways to plot other data on this charge. Below is me plotting Rockland County, New York, compared to New York State and also adding California: Google promises to add public data for answers on prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequenc [...]

Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches “Profile Results”

Ever searched for yourself on Google and come away dissatisfied, especially if someone else you share a name with seems to dominate the results? Ever looked for someone else and been disappointed that you couldn't find the person you wanted? Google's new "Profile Results" launching today aim to correct both problems. Since the end of 2007, Google has allowed people to create Google Profile pages for use with certain Google services. For example, if you created content in Google Maps, your Google Profile let you share who you were with others using that service. The same profile also [...]

Google Shakes Things Up By Adding Earthquake OneBox

About two years ago, Greg Sterling wrote a piece on Searching for Earthquakes. Since then, I believe was the only search engine providing a "smart answer" for earthquake data. continues to offer the smart answer, but recently, Google added their own. Google Operating System reports Google has added an Earthquake OneBox result for a search on earthquake. Here is a picture: The data Google uses for this OneBox is from U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program. Postscript: A day or so after, Google posted information about this new OneBox and titled their p [...]

Google Tests New Maps In Search Results

Mike Blumenthal reports seeing Google test a new type of map within the search results listings. He said he is only able to trigger this map to show using Firefox with the Google Toolbar installed. So his theory is that Google is testing some geolocation technology in the Firefox toolbar. I personally cannot reproduce it, but I trust Mike is seeing this. Here is a screen capture of one such result: Others reportedly have seen this type of map embedded within specific listings a month or so ago. It would make sense for Google to show maps in some cases, when you are looking up a spe [...]

Google Testing Two Videos On One Web Search Result

Ever since the launch of Google Universal Search, Google has been showing videos in the web search results. But sometimes, there are more than one video shown in the web search results and, in many cases, those multiple videos will take up the space of 2 or more of the ten results shown. Philipp Lenssen reports that Google is now testing showing a second video result on the same search result as the first video result. For example, the search that triggered this test was for iphone in Google Canada. What I see are two video results beneath a news result, which is beneath a web result. In [...]

Google Adds Olympics One Box Results

I was chatting with Danny about the Yahoo Olympics Shortcut on the Daily SearchCast and Danny noticed that a search for beach volleyball olympics on Google returns a Google OneBox result. But other searches also work and they all show special icons and results. For example, swimming olympics shows a blue swimming icon: Here are several more icons, representing searches in the flavor of basketball olympics, baseball olympics, gymnastics olympics, and so on: The following sports followed by the word "olympics," in theory, should all work: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, [...]

Google Gets Whois Answers In Search Results

Looks like Google's gained a new direct answer service, whois information for domains. Enter a query like whois, and you'll be told when the domain was registered and expires, along with a link to more information from the Domain Tools site. Here's a screenshot: Google's not done a formal announcement, but Matt Cutts just noted it on his blog here. As Google Operating System notes, back in 2004 Google rolled out a somewhat similar service that was quickly ended after Network Solutions blocked Google's requests. Postscript: Note, some people aren't seeing this featur [...]

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