Announced in August 2012, the Gmail Search Field Trial inserts matching information from your Gmail, Google Drive & Google Calendar accounts into your Google searches, when deemed relevant. Only you see these results, not others, and you only see them if you’ve opted into the program. Our coverage about the program is below.

Google’s Impressive “Conversational Search” Goes Live On Chrome

google-conversational-search-featured The "conversational search" that Google demonstrated at last week's Google I/O conference is now available to users of its Chrome browser, and it's a significant leap in how we use search engines. I'm 17 years now into writing about search, and I've seen all types of things that have promised to revolutionize the space, especially products that trot out words like "natural language" and "semantic search" but fail to deliver. Conversational search has natural language, semantic search and more built into it, and while it's far from perfect, this really is one of those significant change [...]


Gmail Search Field Trial Adds Calendar Results To Google Search

gmail-search-featured Google keeps increasing the amount of information it will show from your Gmail account within your Google searches, if you're part of the Gmail Search Field Trial. The latest addition? Your calendar results. The idea is that if you do a search, you'll see matching information from your calendar showing within Google's search results, when it's relevant. For example, Google shared this screenshot showing matches appearing in a search for "what is on my calendar today:" I'm in the field trial and couldn't get this to trigger at all, so perhaps it's still rolling out. I'll be playing [...]


Google Expands Gmail In Search Results With My Orders, My Events & My Reservations

google-g-logo-2012 In August, Google introduced a field test that brings Gmail content in your search results. So if you searched for [my flights] and you had a flight confirmation email in your Gmail account, Google would show you upcoming flights. This is still an opt in field test available to a limited number of US users but Google has announced they have expanded it to cover searches for purchases/orders, event registrations, and hotel reservations. Google said, "you can now search for [my purchases] to see a list of recent online purchases from select merchants and track the packages to see if they [...]


Google Widens Gmail Search Field Trial, Includes Google Drive In Search Results

google-g-logo Here's another small step in Google's effort to centralize your Google search activity: The company is expanding a field trial to include Google Drive documents in search results. At the same time, the existing trial that includes Gmail information in search results is being expanded to work not only from Google.com, but also within Gmail itself. Users who opt-in to the trial will be shown a prompt from Gmail and/or Google Drive in the right column of Google's search results, as shown in this Google screenshot: For privacy reasons, the actual results don't show by default; the use [...]


Up Close: Gmail In Google Search Results Field Trial

Gmail Logo Google released a "field trial" today allowing people who enroll to do Google searches and get information from their Gmail messages mixed in with their web results. Don't worry. Only those enrolled see their own messages this way. Below, a look at how it works. If accepted into the program, after you do a search, you'll find matching messages appearing along the right-side of your screen: In the example above, I searched for the name of Barry Schwartz, the news editor here at Search Engine Land. As he's contacted me through Gmail, one of his messages gets highlighted. Notice, however [...]


New: Gmail Results Embedded In Google Search Results

gmail-small-google Google announced in this morning's Google Search Breakfast that it is integrating Gmail emails directly into Google search results. This means you can search Google and find emails from your Gmail (not Google Apps) account directly in the search results. The Gmail results show on the top right section, collapsed neatly and ordered by relevance of your query. Google will also show relevant contacts and upcoming flights found in your email based on your search query. This is currently an experiment, which you can sign up over here. It is available for the first one million who sign up. [...]


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