Google News Adds Sports Scores & Weather To Homepage, Gives Business & Tech Sections Editors Picks

google-news-logo-square Google News has rolled out three updates, giving users quick access to sports scores and weather forecast from the News homepage, while adding Editors' Picks content to the Business and Technology sections. The newly added 'Sports Scores' content highlights recent sporting event scores on the homepage, and can be customized by sport. For now, this feature is launching in the US covering basketball, football, baseball and hockey; but, Google says more countries and sports will be rolled out over time. From the 'Sports Scores' section, users can click the score to access more details on th [...]

Bing Updates Deep Links Management While Google Displays Up To Ten Sitelinks

bing-google-logos Microsoft Bing announced changes to the way they allow webmasters to manage their "deep links" in the search results, while Google has quietly added up to ten sitelinks for a navigational query. Bing Deep Links Update Vincent Wehren, Senior Program Manager at Bing Webmaster Tools, announced on the Bing Webmaster blog that they have updated the Deep Links management feature by removing features in order to make it more useful to webmasters. The features webmasters have access to now for managing "deep links" (Google calls them Sitelinks) include: Block a deep link URL from showing up anyw [...]

Google Celebrates 2013 Gay Pride Month With Rainbow Search Box For LGBT Searches

Google Pride 13 For a number of years, Google has recognized Gay Pride Month by adding gay pride-inspired art to the Google search box on the results page of LGBT searches. This year, Google is marking Gay Pride Month 2013 with a 3D-styled rainbow encasing the search box: Google's past support for Gay Pride month include rainbow-themed search boxes for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Along with the rainbow search bar, Google has created a Google Pride logo and will host the Google 8th Annual Pride Parade on June 30 in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Dublin. [...]

Google Drops Another Search Operator: Tilde For Synonyms

google-tilde-operator-gone Google has quietly dropped another search operator, the tilde (i.e., ~) search operator. Google Operating System blog noticed the lack of support for the tilde operator over the weekend. Reportedly, Dan Russell, a Search Research Scientist at Google, confirmed Google dropped the feature. Dan said the feature was dropped to "lack of use." Dan told Alex from Google Operating System: Yes, it's been deprecated. Why? Because too few people were using it to make it worth the time, money, and energy to maintain. In truth, although I sometimes disagree with the operator changes, I happen to agr [...]

Google Image Search Adds Arrows To Browse Through Image Thumbnails

t-google-images-1312982585 Google Operating System noticed that Google Image search added navigational arrows to browse through image search results large thumbnail by large thumbnail. When you load the image results, click on an image to see a larger preview; you will see arrows left and right on each side of the black background of that image thumbnail preview. Here is a screen capture: We suspect with these navigational arrows added to the new image search design that referrer traffic from image search will even decline more so than before the navigational elements that have been added. We will keep an e [...]

Google Testing “In-Depth Articles” Search Results, A New Rich Snippet?

Google mobile app logo Dr. Peter Meyers, the Marketing Scientist at Moz (formerly SEOmoz), tipped us off to a new Google search interface test. It appears Google is testing showing "in-depth articles" in the search results for local queries. In the screenshot below, Pete triggered these results by searching for [mexican restaurants]. The local results and maps came up, and also restaurant reviews from Reason, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Below is a screen shot (here is a full size screenshot): We've reached out to Google for a comment on this finding but have not yet heard back. Google is [...]

Google Images Tests New Related Searches User Interface

search-by-image-google The Google Operating System reports Google is testing a new Image Search interface for related searches. The example given shows images for [nexus 7], At the top is a carousel of related searches to the [nexus 7]. When you click on one of those related images, Google will show you a larger thumbnail image of the images that match that related search within the black preview window. Below are screen shots from Alex Chitu: Then, click on a related search phrase: [...]

Google Tests Larger Video Thumbnails In Tablet Search Results

google-tablet-serp-big-video Google Operating System blog has screen shots of Google showing larger thumbnail images for videos that come up in the search results. The larger video thumbnails show up for the first video result on tablet devices. I personally tried to replicate this on my devices, including Chrome and mobile Safari on an iPad and some Android devices, and I only saw the smaller thumbnails. As you can see, the video thumbnail is larger, the +1 button was added, and the snippet (description) in the search results was removed. Google is constantly testing search results user interfaces, so thi [...]

Google Maps To Get A Major Design Overhaul

google-maps-iphone-icon Alex Chitu reports Google is testing a new Google Maps interface, possibly to be launched next week at Google I/O. The new interface is a complete and major overhaul of the current Google Maps user interface. The design and interface changes touch everything from the map colors, icons and text formats to dropping the navigation elements on the left hand side and adding in Google+ integration. For example, you can filter local search results specifically to friends in your Google+ circles. The navigation seems to have been moved to button like methods, similar to how mobile apps work, wit [...]

Google Local Results Drops “More Results Near…” To “Improve” Local Search Experience

Google Maps icon Google has quietly dropped yet another search feature; this one is related to local search results within a search on Google. Google has removed the "more results near..." link on local search results for queries with local intent. For example, if you search for [pizza] on, Google will show you local businesses selling pizza to consumers, as well as webpages, videos and so forth on pizza. This is part of the universal search initiative from 2007. Since then, when Google showed local listings in the organic search results, Google would show a "more results near..." link under t [...]

Google Testing Search Results Without URLs

Google mobile app logo Google is testing yet another user interface change - this time by not showing the URL of the search results on the page. @tecnonetblog tweeted that he spotted this test and posted images of it on Twitter. In the images below, you won't see the URL, which is now green followed by an arrow, under the title of the search results. Here is a picture of the desktop version: Here is a picture of the mobile version: Google, in the past, tested orange URLs. I should note that Google is always testing user interface changes, so no one should be surprised with this test. Relate [...]

Google Downplays Google+ With Updated Authorship Snippet?

google-authorship-new-1366893396 Google has quietly changed the user interface for how they display the authorship snippet in the search results. The largest difference is that they removed the "more by" link that linked to additional stories written by that author. The other changes include that now clicking on the author's image and name will take you to a similar result set that you would have seen if you clicked on the old "more by" author link. I believe the author image and name use to take you to that author's Google+ page, when available. Now, the only way to get to the Google+ page of the author is to click o [...]

Google: We Removed Instant Previews Over Low Usage From Searchers

Google Instant Previews Yesterday we reported that Google changed how you access the cached, similar and share links within the search results by adding a new green down arrow next to the search snippet's URL. We asked, where did the Instant Previews go that launched on November 9, 2010 with a huge amount of excitement from Google. Google even said that the instant previews resulted in searchers being "5% more likely to be satisfied with the results they click." Well, that is now gone because searchers apparently did not use the feature. A Google spokesperson told us a blanket statement, "we’re constantly [...]

Google Adds Green Arrows To View Cache, Similar Pages & To Share Results On Google+

google-green-arrow Google has updated how you access the cached pages, similar results and how you share search results on Google+. Now, when you want to see a cached version of a search result, you need to click on the green down arrow next to the URL in the search results. If you are logged in, you will likely see three options including cached, similar and share. If you are not logged in you will likely see cached and similar but not the share option. Note, the cached option may also not show up for sites. The picture above shows the new options in the Google search results interface. The old way [...]

Google Pulls Related Searches Filter Due To Lack Of Usage

google-g-logo-96x100 Google has quietly removed the "related searches" option from the search tools menu within the Google search results page. When Google launched search options in October 2009, the option for "related searches" appeared on the left-hand side under the "standard view." The placement of the "related searches" search option has changed over the years, including the whole search filters being moved to the top in November 2012; but, the ability to find related searches remained. That has ended last week, when Google decided to remove the feature. Google told us that they "weren't seeing enough [...]

Google Experimenting With New Related Image Search Interface

Google appears to be trying on a new look for its related image search interface. While the standard interface for related image searches includes a list of the related image queries that only show image thumbnails when you mouse over the related search query term, the new interface shows a collection of images right above the related search query terms.   By clicking a related search option, Google displays an addition box similar to the black box users see when clicking on an image search result. (Image credit: Google Operating System Blog) [...]

Google Quick View Badge Field Trial

Google mobile app logo Google announced a new Google field trial experiment for a feature they've been quietly testing named Quick View. The Google Quick View badge is found on a select number of sites when a searcher uses Google Mobile search from their smartphone. The feature is currently working for Wikipedia on searches done in English on It basically will give you an almost instant view of the Wikipedia page when clicked on. Google says the Quick View will show you the Wikipedia page "immediately." Here is a picture: To see this yourself, you need to sign up for the field trial over [...]

Google Testing Sub (Secondary) Sitelinks

Google mobile app logo The Google Operating System blog noticed Google is testing a new form of Sitelinks on the mobile interface. These new sitelinks are sub-sitelinks, secondary levels beyond the sitelink you'd find in the normal search interface. Sitelinks are designed to help searchers quickly find the section of the website they are trying to navigate toward. It is mostly found for navigational queries but also can be found on other types of queries. For example, in the image below, you will see a sitelink category for "phones" and when you expand it, it shows categories of phones: --> We ac [...]

Google Tests Orange URLs & Light Blue Titles On Tablet Search Interface

Google Logo - Stock Google is apparently testing a new tablet interface, according to a video by tecnonet. He captured three different tests on the Google Tablet search interface: (1) new search tools, (2) light blue colored titles and (3) orange URLs. Here are static pictures of the color changes followed by a video showing the search tools option test. As always, Google is regularly running numerous tests to its user interface and not all of them get approved for wide rollout. Google users may see as many as 12 tests every time they do a search. Related Entries Google Testing Android/Chrom [...]

Google Testing New ‘Search Within’ Tool; Also, Bigger URLs In Search Results

Google logo Here are a couple current user interface changes that Google appears to be testing. Search Within The first one comes to us from Tecno-Net, and shows Google adding a "Search Within" command to its Google Instant interface. When you do certain searches -- like [CNN], [Apple] or [Google] -- one of the options that Google Instant shows is "Search Within," which allows you to limit your search to the specific website. If that doesn't quite make sense, Tecno-Net's video should make it more clear: Bigger Green URLS One other test involves larger text on the green-colored URL that Google s [...]

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