Google Testing “Sources” Area With Info About Movies, Books, People, Music & More

new girl Last November, Google tested a new "Sources" section in its search results, in the third column where ads normally appear. It seems the testing is underway again, showing extended information about actors, films, musicians, people and more. It also seems likely everyone may see this extended information soon, and that it's the "search refresh" the Wall Street Journal wrote about in March finally arriving. Experiment Confirmed I noticed these appearing yesterday in my own search results, and Google has confirmed that there's an experiment happening: We're always experimenting with ways to im [...]

WSJ Says Big Google Search Changes Coming? Reality Check Time!

reality-sign-featured The Wall Street Journal is out with a story saying that Google is about to make one of the biggest changes in its history of offering web search, providing more direct answers and gaining "semantic" smarts to understand more about what words mean. I'm scratching my head, since Google already does this. Methinks Google's PR has exploded in ways it didn't expect. Beyond Blue Links! From the story, we learn things such as: Over the next few months, Google's search engine will begin spitting out more than a list of blue Web links. It will also present more facts and direct answers to queries at [...]

Google Expands Use & Display Of Related Searches

Google has announced an interesting expansion of its related search capabilities. The updates to Google's search results will show up in a number of different ways: Search References/Lists When the search query suggests results that may involve a list, Google will show what it calls the "top references" for the query. This may show up for searches such as "greek philosophers," "american authors" and -- as shown below -- "seattle neighborhoods." That display may appear anywhere on the first page of search results. But, if the user clicks on "Ballard" or one of the other names on th [...]

“Anti-Search Engine” FindTheBest Adds Buying Guides, Top 10 Slideshows

There are a number of ways to describe FindTheBest, the site launched last year by DoubleClick founder Kevin O’Connor. One is "decision engine" another might be "comparison engine," a third could be "anti-search engine." It might be called an "anti-search engine" because, like Blekko's Rich Skrenta, FindTheBest's O'Conner believes that search results have become cluttered and filled with spam. O'Conner wanted to provide structured, "apples-to-apples comparisons" of places, institutions and products with total transparency. The site aggregates and then provides structured comparison dat [...]

DoubleClick Founder Launches Structured “Decision Engine”

At first blush it wasn't impressive to me. I assumed from a quick look that FindTheBest was just a collection of links and "best of" lists. It thus seemed strange that DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor would come out of quasi-retirement to launch a basic directory site. But as we got into it a bit more it was clear there was a larger and more interesting project going on. FindTheBest is a kind of comparison engine for structured data of all sorts. It's not an alternative to search per se. In fact it will rely heavily on search and SEO for user discovery. The idea is to provide consumer [...]

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: [...]

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 Squared Is Now Live

Google has pulled the covers off of Squared, the search tool that was first demoed during the Searchology event last month. Google Squared takes a search query and tried to present the results in tabular form -- like an online spreadsheet of sorts. Sometimes it works very well and provides interesting results, and other times not so much. Here's a screenshot of the "very well" example, a search for [u2 albums]: Squared is very configurable; you can add and delete rows and/or columns, and sometimes replace data that Squared puts in your results. It's a search tool that's still part of [...]

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