January 19th, 2009 Comments off
This article was originally written for The Next Web Blog and appeared on Saturday, 17th January 2009.Today, we found out that Google, where search is the core of its business, have added a link to new experimental features to its home page, which show options that can be added to the 'standard' search. The most dramatic of these is probably 'Alternate views for search results' which, due to its nature, gives you different search results and rankings in different views of the same search query. So Search Experts take note: Page 1 of Google now has at least four different results!. Your site can be #1 in one type of search, but be invisible in others. The standard Google search results page now also has "News about search term" appended to your search results as you can see below.
Google's New 'Alternate View' Search TypesIt is worth taking a look at this new feature for searches that include:-
- Search Results in Timelines [try this]
- Search Results on Maps [try this]
- Search Results in 'Info Views' which allow further refinement 'on the fly' [try this]
- One-click returns you to 'Standard' List View
I'd recommend you check out these new search views, and also ensure that your site's metadata is structured to ensure you appear in these new formats of search results.
There are also three other experimental search features at present -
- SearchWiki with sound - when you remove a result from your personal results, toy can have a sound effect play along with the animation whenever you remove a result. The sound is recorded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
- Keyboard shortcuts - use your keyboard to navigate results - so J Selects the next result, K Selects the previous result, etc.
- Accessible View - As you navigate, items are magnified for easier viewing. If you use a screen reader or talking browser, the relevant information is spoken automatically as you navigate.